With the number of coronavirus cases climbing throughout the country as the holidays loom, daily testing trends are expected to continue increasing. (Photo: Shutterstock)

New data from America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) indicates that price gouging for COVID-19 testing is on the rise. The association's survey of health insurance providers in the commercial market, conducted in October, found that 23% of all claims for COVID-19 testing came from out-of-network test providers — a 14% increase since July. Moreover, many out-of-network test providers charged prices that far exceeded the average cost of in-network tests.

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