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Companies pay Mayo Clinic prices to save on healthcare costs

Bloomberg News, September 29, 2008

Foundation Coal Holdings Inc. says it has found an unconventional way to cut health costs: Seek out the nation's best care and give workers incentives to use it. About two-thirds of operations have proven to be cheaper at better-rated hospitals out of state, and even when the price was higher, the company saved money by reducing misdiagnoses, complications, and repeat procedures. The experiment could now be a model for politicians and insurers seeking to curb the growth in U.S. healthcare spending.