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Tiered health plans cutting costs, restricting options

Told he had an aggressive form of prostate cancer, Glenn McCarthy faced a decision this year.

He could make a $1,000 copayment and have surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in about two weeks. Or he could wait more than a month for an opening at Faulkner Hospital, paying just $150 for the same procedure by the same surgeon.

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