Report shows hospital costs can vary widely across area

Report shows hospital costs can vary widely across area
Longview News-Journal
Monday, May 13, 2013 - 3:50pm

Hospitals across East Texas charge vastly different amounts for the same procedures — with some charging three times more than another — according to new government data.

The discrepancies were detailed in a report this past week from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that for the first time made public data on what 3,000 U.S. hospitals charge for the 100 most common procedures. It also disclosed the much lower amounts hospitals collect from Medicare.

Among other facts of use to East Texas medical consumers, the data indicates Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview charges less for many procedures than crosstown rival Longview Regional Medical Center.

The costs at Good Shepherd and Longview Regional medical centers were eclipsed, however, by those charged by Tyler’s two hospital systems. And charges for procedures at Good Shepherd’s Marshall satellite generally were the lowest.

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