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Painful shifting of costs to patients

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A Los Angeles Times story notes:

“Though much has been made of a slowdown in the rate at which U.S. healthcare costs have risen in recent years, that trend hasn’t translated into financial relief for patients.

‘”The overall cost to everybody has slowed, but one of the reasons they’ve slowed is that there’s been a shifting of costs to patients,’ says Paul Ginsburg, director of public policy with the University of Southern California’s Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics.”

‘”We’re reaching a backlash, because there is only so much pressure you can put on consumers,’ says David Newman, executive director of the Healthcare Cost Institute, a non-partisan, nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C.”

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