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A Health Affairs study found that hospital prices for inpatient care grew 42 percent from 2007 to 2014, compared with 18 percent growth in physician prices for that same period. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A new study finds that hospital costs play an oversized role in overall health care cost increases—with hospital prices outpacing physician prices by almost 20 percent. The new research is adding to the debate about the role of mergers and acquisitions in hospital costs overall.

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