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  •  I'm referring to actual costs, not charges (0+ / 0-)

    What a healthcare provider charges is generally incredibly inflated and irrelevant to what the provider actually receives.  Except, perversely, under the current system where uninsured people often are charged these ridiculous rates.

    I'm talking about actual costs:  actual money the healthcare provider must pay to hire staff, buy supplies, etc. to provide care.  Generally speaking Medicaid covers some, but not all, of these costs.  So, the provider needs to either (1) make up the difference elsewhere in order to break even; or (2) reduce its costs.  Cost reduction has been going on in the health care industry for the last 5 years or so, and there's more room to reduce costs, but it's not unlimited.

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