Health care in the United States is expensive. Not only that, it’s confusing. Between lack of price transparency, a complicated system of insurance claims, negotiated rates, copays and deductibles, many Americans simply have no idea what a health care procedure will cost–and thus avoid the health care system altogether.

The Health Care Cost Institute is just one of the many organizations that has been working in recent years to shed light on the complexity of the health care system. Recently, HCCI released its report on changes in health care cost and utilization between 2015 and 2019, with the intention of creating a snapshot that can be used to compare pre- and post-pandemic trends.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is the current deputy editor for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.

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