Price tags Of the 19 regions with large increases, 11 were in California, including eight in Northern California, and three were in Wisconsin. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Hospital care accounts for about one-third of all health care expenditures in the United States, and prices can vary significantly between private and public coverage.

“Commercial health plans pay higher prices than public payers for hospital care, which accounts for more than 5% of U.S. gross domestic product,” according to a study reported in Health Affairs. “Crafting effective policy responses requires monitoring trends and identifying sources of variation.”

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