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This shows outpatient costs are way high and inpatient costs are OKThis shows outpatient costs are way high and inpatient costs are OK One thing the researchers found is that private plan payments averaged more than 200 percent of Medicare payments for the same care at the same hospitals. (Chart: RAND)

Chapin White has come up with an explanation for why the United States spends so much more than the rest of the world on health care: private health plans pay wild prices for outpatient care.

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