Doctor with piggy bank As patients become more consumerist and insurers and providers look to control costs, they’re switching the site of care, insofar as possible, to cheaper settings. (Photo: Shutterstock)

In 2018, no matter what setting patients received care in, their out-of-pocket costs probably rose.

That’s according to a new analysis from TransUnion Healthcare, which finds that patients experienced annual increases of up to 12 percent in out-of-pocket expenses for inpatient, outpatient and emergency department care in 2018.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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