Shopping car with health supplies According to researchers, “Lowering prices in the U.S. will need to start with private insurers and self-insured corporations.” (Photo: Shutterstock)

It doesn’t seem to matter how many new health care regulations and policy initiatives, Americans continue to outspend their peers on health care.

Just like earlier 2003 research found, higher prices continue to the primary reason why the U.S. spends more on health care than any other country, according to a new study published in Health Affairs, “It’s Still The Prices, Stupid: Why The US Spends So Much On Health Care and a tribute to Uwe Reinhardt” (the latter referring to one of the co-authors of the original study who recently died).

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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