Hospital Prices Vary Wildly For Common Treatments

The Seattle Times' Carol M. Ostrom, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News, reports: "Some heart surgeries have become so common — the angioplasty, for example, to open clogged arteries — you might think the charge for it wouldn’t vary much from hospital to hospital. You might assume the same about hip or knee replacements, which now hold the top spot in this country as the reason for overnight hospital stays by Medicare patients. You would be so wrong" (Ostrom, 6/3). Read the story.

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