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New Resource: Get the Facts on Hospital Cost Shifting

Published On March 20, 2024

As health care prices continue to climb, a larger-than-ever financial burden is placed on patients, with nearly one in four avoiding or delaying care because of costs, and about half of the country reporting difficulty affording health care. In addition, this unfair burden is also falling on employers and state and federal governments. 

The concept of “cost shifting” is often used by industry stakeholders as a reason for opposing policies that bring people more affordable health care, however, mounting evidence shows this may not be the case. USofCare’s newest resource provides an overview of what cost shifting means, why this doesn’t happen, and the impact high prices have on people, to help inform policymakers and advocates looking to address rising hospital prices.