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Prominence, prestige help drive Bay Area hospital costs to top of state where prices rising rapidly
Contra Costa Times

Soon after her colonoscopy, Mary McClung received a bill from California Pacific Medical Center for $4,871. The amount fell within her high insurance deductible, leaving her responsible. “Nobody should be billed $4,800 for a colonoscopy, this is wrong,” McClung, 56, recalls thinking. “I don’t have a ton of money.”

Bay Area hospital rates now are among the most expensive in California, propelled upward by prominent hospitals and networks, including Sutter Health, Stanford Hospital & Clinics and John Muir Health, private and government data show.