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Emergency Rooms Cause Out-of-Control Cost of Health Care, NYT Op-Ed Says

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Opinion piece from the New York Times:  There are many reasons Americans pay more for health care than citizens of any other country. But one of the most powerful forces driving cost increases is buried in a little-known set of regulations concerning emergency room care. These regulations have granted hospitals what is essentially a monopoly over emergency room patients, allowing them to charge basically whatever they want.  In most states, health care plans are required to tell their members to go to the nearest hospital in an emergency, even if that hospital is out of network.

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