Planet Money
12:00 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Episode 439: The Mysterious Power Of A Hospital Bill

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 3:07 pm

If you have good health insurance, you've probably never even seen a full hospital bill. Count yourself lucky.

For a giant article in this week's Time, Steve Brill went line by line through a handful of bills from hospitals around the country. On today's show, he tells us about the crazy thicket of high prices and hard-to-decipher codes that he discovered, and we talk about what it means for the price of health care in America.

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