Healthcare continues to be a source of major concern in the United States, with recent polling indicating it is the number one issue to voters in the 2020 elections. Availability and cost, which are closely related, are the key reasons for this. Despite greater past media attention on pharmaceutical pricing, the single greatest contributor to overall healthcare costs (a whopping 18 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product, or $11,172 per person in 2018), is actually hospitals. As a result, there has been growing attention on hospital pricing. The issues involved are more complex than they may appear but, fortunately, there is a clear path to improvement for both hospitals and patients.