Report Finds Wide Variation in Hospital Care, Outpatient Service Prices Across Three Dozen U.S. Markets
There is wide variation in prices for hospital care and outpatient services across more than three dozen U.S. markets, according to a new report from the Health Care Cost Institute. The researchers found that the average difference between maximum and minimum index values within states was 38% for inpatient care and 25% for outpatient care. The researchers did not seek to determine a cause for price variation.
- "Hospital, Outpatient Prices for Privately Insured Vary Widely" (Evans, Modern Healthcare, 9/30).