Cancer medicines cost nearly twice as much in hospital outpatient facilities than in physician offices in the commercial market, according to a new study from the Employee Benefit Research Institute Center for Research on Health Benefits Innovation. These cost differences were not driven by a difference in the severity of illness, but were driven by hospital pricing practices.
The study also found:
This study underscores just how much hospitals are driving health care spending in the United States by marking up medicines. A recent analysis found hospitals charge, on average, five times their cost for medicines, driving up cost sharing and premiums for patients across the country.
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