Eric Davis of the Nevada Policy Research Institute reminds us of one of the bizarre features of health care today: We rarely know how much something will cost ahead of time. As if we needed another example of how the health care industry needs a shake-up.

The problem isn’t simply that it may be hard to know ahead of time what services will be required. Rather, there’s a legacy of opaqueness brought about by an emphasis on third-party payments.

(Cross-posted from State House Call.)

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