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Pricey imaging pushes up health costs in Massachusetts

Boston Globe, March 11, 2010

In just two years, spending on MRIs, mammograms, and other imaging tests climbed by at least $214 million in Massachusetts, helping to fuel a rise in the cost of outpatient hospital care, the Boston Globe reports. Consultants hired by the state found that the cost of imaging for privately insured residents increased 20% between 2006 and 2008, to $1.2 billion, as doctors ordered more scans and X-rays and hospitals demanded higher prices.