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Report: If Doctors All Charged The Same, Payers Would Save05:56

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Doctors and hospitals in Massachusetts charge vastly different rates for the same services — that’s the big finding of a recent Patrick Administration report.

But buried within that report was another finding: the state could save hundreds of millions of dollars a year if all health care providers met in the middle and charged the median rate for procedures.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation president Sarah Iselin says that would be a hard sell, as it would require the government setting the prices for providers.


  • Sarah Iselin, president, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation

This segment aired on June 1, 2011.

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