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Price Gouging By Hospitals Needs More Airing


A physician visiting the sick in a hospital, G...

A physician visiting the sick in a hospital, German engraving from 1682 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Murky World of Hospital Prices – NYTimes.com.

 

“The price for a joint replacement with artificial hips or knees ranged from a low of $5,300 in a hospital in Ada, Okla., to a high of $223,000 at a hospital in Monterey Park, Calif., a 40-fold difference that cannot be explained by regional differences in wages, the sickness of the patients, or a hospital’s teaching responsibilities. The charge for treating heart failure patients in hospitals in Jackson, Miss., ranged from $9,000 to $51,000.”

 

 

 

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