Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us
An article reprint from Time magazine 

Steven Brill Article

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Why does American health care cost so much — and why doesn't it achieve better results for the money spent? When Time asked this question, the answers resulted in a groundbreaking special report.

"Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us" reveals a complex and only nominally free market riddled with problems:

  • Secret and seemingly arbitrary pricing decisions
  • Extreme mark-ups
  • Aggressive billing practices
  • Large profit margins, even at supposedly non-profit institutions

The resulting system makes it nearly impossible for consumers and benefits managers alike to make truly informed decisions.

When it was first published in March 2013, this article created a huge splash in the media — but it's no longer available on the Time web site. Castlight Health is making it available for a limited time as part of our commitment to furthering the conversation about how health care transparency can bring down costs, improve the quality of care, and simplify our complex health care system. 


Steven Brill
Time Magazine