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Amy Siegel
Amy Siegel

I am fascinated by the AHRQ data (not to mention the cool interactive graphic!). So are privately insured patients more costly because private insurers pay more for the same care as public insurers? Or are privately insured patients using more care? Anyone know the answer?

Veronica Combs
Veronica Combs

It's a good question. My first thought was the latter--privately insured patients are using more care--but then there was the recent study that showed private insurers spend $3,200 more per knee replacement than Medicare does, mostly because of higher hospital costs. I will look at the report in more detail and see if it's clear from the analysis as opposed to just the numbers.

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