Health cost bill may not attack key problem
Market clout of top doctors, hospitals drives up premiums
As legislative leaders close in on a major health cost-control bill, key efforts to attack one of the most cited reasons for rising medical spending — the market power of caregivers that demand high prices for their services — appear to be in jeopardy. In a 2010 report, Attorney General Martha Coakley blamed the leverage of the best-paid providers as a main driver of health costs. Legislators, too, believed that provider market clout might be driving up premiums for small businesses.