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Typically, patients, and their employers, don't know the cost of health care or are given inaccurate estimates. Then come the surprise medical bills and costly overruns of employers' benefits budgets. Here's a look at the health care cost transparency problem and how people are trying to solve it.

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The highest percentage of specialty surprise claims came from anesthesiology, at 16 percent. Primary care represented 13 percent, and emergency medicine 11 percent. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A new study finds that one in seven patients are hit with a surprise medical bill—an out-of-network charge for a medical service—even though they were admitted to an in-network hospital.

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