Health cost bill may not attack key problem

Market clout of top doctors, hospitals drives up premiums. Liz Kowalczyk, Boston Globe, July 15, 2012 As legislative leaders close in on a major health care cost-control bill, key efforts to attack one of the most-cited reasons for rising medical spending - the market power of caregivers who demand high prices for their services - appear to be in jeopardy. In a 2010 report, Attorney General Martha Coakley blamed the leverage of the best-paid providers as a main driver of health care costs. She found that insurers pay some hospitals and doctors twice as much money as others for similar care ... Health