Health care pricing has always been complex, confounding and mysterious, with the prices revealed after the care is provided, instead of before. Starting Jan. 1, a... Hospitals must make prices public starting Jan. 1

Health care pricing has always been complex, confounding and mysterious, with the prices revealed after the care is provided, instead of before. Starting Jan. 1, a new federal rule will require the nation’s hospitals to post all their full-price charges on their websites. The idea is to introduce transparency into the world of hospital charges. But these newly published price lists may end up leaving consumers even more confused than ever before.

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