Data Shows Hospitals Charge Widely Varying Amounts for Same Procedure

Data is being released today that shows how much hospitals charge Medicare for various medical procedures. The data shows that hospitals charge widely varying amounts for the same procedure which raises obvious questions about how hospitals determine the prices they charge and why they can can differ so much.

In major articles in todays New York Times and the Washington Post, they highlight that this difference in price can occur within the same region or even the same area or city. The data is being released by the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Jonathan Blum, the Director of the Agency's Center for Medicare, says that "Our goal is to make this information more transparent." 

One observation of this data is that people who are not yet on Medicare or do not have health insurance but go to a hospital for a procedure, are charged a lot more for that procedure than those with health insurance. And thats because insurance companies can bargain down the price but those without insurance cannot because they have no leverage. 

One goal of the Affordable Care Act is to inform the public on this type of information in an effort to reform the health care delivery system to be more efficient in saving money but still providing quality care. 

Read the article in todays New Your Times by clicking here.

The Washington Post article is here. You can see the wide variance in price within Michigan by looking at the Post article.  

Read the government data. 

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