Three Graphs Tell the Story: It's the Prices!

These three graphs are from the Recommendations of the Massachusetts Special Commission on Provider Price Reform. released last week.  For anyone who wonders if unit cost is a substantial portion of the cause of health care cost increase in Massachusetts, these data paint a clear picture.

The entire report can be accessed at this link.

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Jon Kingsdale, the founding Executive Director of the Connector Authority in Massachusetts, will be talking about the role of government in health care costs in our HSPH course on Wednesday.  Here's a link to a Health Affairs blog post of his from July on the problem of "costitis."