Hos­pi­tals: Slammed by drug costs

Baltimore Sun - - ELECTION 2016 -

Hos­pi­tals are get­ting slammed by sharp price in­creases in pre­scrip­tion drugs, and the in­dus­try is urg­ing Congress to take up the is­sue.

A study re­leased Tues­day by the two big­gest hos­pi­tal lob­by­ing groups found that over­all, hos­pi­tals’ av­er­age an­nual in­pa­tient drug spend­ing in­creased by more than 23 per­cent be­tween 2013 and 2015.

The study for the Amer­i­can Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion and the Fed­er­a­tion of Amer­i­can Hos­pi­tals found higher prices were pri­mar­ily re­spon­si­ble for the spend­ing in­crease.

NORC at the Univer­sity of Chicago, which con­ducted the study, is an in­de­pen­dent re­search or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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