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Daniela Carusi, MD, MSc is an obstetrician/gynecologist practicing in Boston, MA.  She blogs on behalf of Costs of Care, a nonprofit that aims to curb harmful healthcare costs at a grassroots level.  You can follow Costs of Care on twitter at @CostsofCare.


Guest Blog: Price Tags and Haggling in an Exotic Market

Daniela Carusi | September 29, 2011
While shopping in a market on an exotic trip, a friend of mine picked up an appealing item, but the price seemed high. When she paused to consider the purchase, the shopkeeper asked, 'Don't you want to know if I can do better?' But with health care, we can't predict what the final negotiated payment will be without knowing who is paying and what kind of bargaining position that person is in.