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Opinion: Seema Verma: Americans have the right to know their health care and hospital costs

Take a minute to scan your local hospital's website for pricing information and share the results on Twitter with #WheresThePrice, writes CMS Administrator @SeemaCMS.

Americans are prolific shoppers, constantly on the lookout for the best price for top-quality products and services. If you are searching for a new television, it’s easy to find prices and statistics transparently and prominently displayed at just about every store.

Yet when it comes to maintaining our health, very few of us ever know price or quality before receiving a health care service. This is true whether it’s a simple visit to the doctor, a cancer screening, or a knee replacement.

One reason health care costs continue to skyrocket is that the prices and quality of

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