hospital bed The orderrequires HHS to propose a way to make health-care providers andinsurers give patients an estimate of their out-of-pocket costsahead of service. (Photo: Bloomberg)

(Bloomberg) –President Trump called for hospitals to disclose to patients up fronthow much they charge for tests, surgeries andother procedures, in an executive order he signed on Monday.

The federal regulations Trump is calling for push forward arelatively simple idea: that patients should know how muchhospitals charge for common procedures. Those prices aretypically trade secrets between hospitals and the insurers theynegotiate with.

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