Massachusetts out-of-network ED physicians charge 798% of Medicare rates
Written by Brooke Murphy | January 12, 2017
Here are six findings on healthcare cost trends in Massachusetts, according to the Health Policy Commission’s 2016 Cost Trends Report.
- Out-of-network emergency physicians charged an average of 798 percent of Medicare rates.
- Total healthcare expenditure grew 4.1 percent between 2014 and 2015.
- Opioid-related emergency department visits increased 87 percent between 2011 and 2015.
- A typical family of three with an annual income three times the federal poverty level spent 30 percent of their income on health insurance premiums, deductibles and copayments in 2015.
- About 23 percent of behavioral health-related ED visits required a length of stay of more than 12 hours.
- Commercial prescription drug spending grew 8.8 percent per capita in 2015