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Why American Health Care Is So Expensive And How We Can Fix It




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Health care in the U.S. is expensive, and it’s likely even more expensive if you’re living in California. 

The Price We Pay by Marty Makary, MD
The Price We Pay by Marty Makary, MD

That’s according to a new Johns Hopkins University study that looked at hospital fees and found that the Golden State has the third highest markup ratio in the U.S. (the top spot goes to Texas). 

We talk with one of the researchers, Dr. Marty Makary, about California’s situation, as well as his new book “The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care--and How to Fix It,” which dives into all the necessary and unnecessary costs involved in our current health care system and how its bloat can be addressed. 

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Marty Makary  M.D., surgeon and professor of health policy at Johns Hopkins University; his new book is “The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care--and How to Fix It” (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019); he is also one of the researchers on the new report out of Johns Hopkins University, “Hospital Prices in the United States: An Analysis of U.S. Cities and States;” he tweets @MartyMakary