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Attention Shoppers: New Calif. Website Details Costs, Quality of Medical Procedures
Kaiser Health News

Having a baby in California?

Your average out-of-pocket costs for an uncomplicated birth could cost a lot less in San Mateo County ($920) than in Alameda County ($1,300), Santa Clara County ($1,500) or Orange County ($1,800). Thinking about a knee replacement? You’ll find a surprisingly wide variation in quality ratings among Bay Area hospitals for the procedure.

These are among the insights from a new consumer website unveiled Monday by the California Department of Insurance to help Californians better shop for health care based on both quality and price.

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