National Health Partners, Inc. (NHPR)
Prices for medical services have been rising faster than prices of other goods and services for as long as anyone can remember. A primary reason why health care costs are soaring is that most of the time when we enter the medical marketplace as patients, we are spending someone else's money. Economic studies and common sense confirm that we are less likely to be prudent, careful shoppers if someone else is paying the bill. When we are paying our own medical bills, we are conservative consumers. The increase in spending has occurred because someone else is paying the bill.