Amid growing awareness, patients resist hospital overhead fees

03/11/2013 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission is examining patient complaints about "facility fees" charged by hospitals for care received in off-campus physician offices, a side effect of consolidation in the industry that is angering patients and compelling some to change providers. Hospital systems defend the practice, saying the fees help pay for licensing, research and essential services such as emergency and trauma care that independent practices do not have to cover.

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