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CINCINNATI - Hospitals across the country are charging prices that can be thousands of dollars different for the same procedure, and that trend holds true here in the Tri-State.
For the first time, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released data showing how much hospitals charge for certain procedures on Medicare. The agency said it released the prices to make the health system "more affordable and accountable."
Pricing was released by 3,300 hospitals on the top 100 procedures in 2011.
WCPO Digital analyzed the numbers for Tri-State hospital brands that released pricing information.
Below you'll find an interactive database of each diagnosis and what its covered cost and paid cost is. NOTE: When the "Search by Diagnosis" function is set too "ALL," the graph will show the average cost of all procedures for a provider. Some providers may specialize in certain procedures that may be less or more expensive, which may affect this overall view.
Government officials say that the pricing variation could reflect that some patients were sicker or required longer hospital stays.
The Washington Post reports that Medicare and private insurances usually negotiate lower charges with hospitals so this data may not tell the whole story.
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