INTERVIEW: Northern California healthcare costs 30 percent higher than rest of state

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Healthcare in Northern California comes with a price tag that is a shocking 30 percent higher than the rest of the state.

That’s according to a study from the UC Berkeley’s Petris Center, which tracks healthcare markets.

The biggest reason is there’s a lot more consolidation among hospitals, doctors, and insurance companies in Northern California.  That means there are fewer choices–and higher prices.

One of the study’s authors talked to KRON4 on Tuesday.

He says the price differences were dramatically high even after adjusting for the Bay Area’s higher cost of living and wages.

California’s attorney general says his office is now planning to review the report.

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