Unveiling Wide Gaps In Medical Care Costs

Unveiling Wide Gaps In Medical Care Costs

Newly unveiled government data shows shocking discrepancies in the cost of medical services. Kojo finds out what's behind these fee differences and how the release of this data may impact the cost of care for consumers.

For the first time, the government has released data confirming what health care consumers have long suspected: from joint replacements to treatment for chest pain, hospitals charge shockingly different fees for the same medical services. Kojo finds out what's behind these fee discrepancies and what this data means for consumers as they face new decisions about health plans and medical care under provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Guests

Sarah Kliff

Reporter, The Washington Post

Jonathan Blum

Deputy Administrator and Director for the Center of Medicare, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

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