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Doctors and insurers blame each other for administrative headaches

Los Angeles Times, October 23, 2008

Doctors and hospital executives say collecting payments from insurers has become an expensive headache that is driving up the nation's healthcare costs. Billing disputes and protracted payment delays are one consequence of a massive consolidation among health insurers that has created de facto monopolies in much of the country, according to findings. In response, the insurance industry lays much of the blame for billing problems on doctors and hospitals.