New data from America's Health Insurance Plans finds the price of inpatient hospital care rose by 8.2 percent per year between 2008 and 2010, one major contributor for skyrocketing health costs.

"The price of health care services is the major driver of overall health care cost growth," AHIP President and CEO Karen Ignagni said in a statement.  "To make health care coverage more affordable for consumers and employers, there needs to be a much greater focus on the underlying cost of medical care."  

AHIP says its report—published in the March issue of the American Journal of Managed Care—addresses "a critical gap in the ongoing health care cost debate."

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