San Francisco Chronicle: Health care costs 30% more in Northern California than in rest of the state

March 26, 2018

A report from the UC Berkeley Nicholas C. Petris Center on HealthCare Markets and Consumer Welfare and the center’s director, Richard Scheffler, that analyzed consolidation in the hospital, insurance and physician markets in California between 2010 and 2016 was featured in a San Francisco Chronicle.

The report found that Northern Californians pay more for health care compared to people in Southern California. In response to the report, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to office intended to review the findings.

Scheffler was quoted in the story as saying: “Consumers are paying more for health care as a result of market consolidation. It is now time for regulators and legislators to take action.”

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