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Mass. taking steps to open up the mysterious world of medical prices

THE GLOBE’S editorial on hospital price transparency was spot on (“Prices should be published,” June 17). Everyday consumers are feeling the pinch of spending more money on health care, yet no one knows in advance how much any service will cost. The system is shrouded in mystery. But soon in Massachusetts some transparency will come to hospital and physician pricing.

Last summer, Governor Patrick signed a law that requires insurers to provide a toll-free number and website with price information for procedures among various providers by this October; providers must do the same by January 2014.

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