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Hospitals issue caution on comparing rates
Monterey Herald

Monterey County hospital administrators cautioned that figures released by the federal government last week, showing vast disparities in the amount facilities charge for the same services, can be deceiving.

The figures show average charges and reimbursements that can vary by tens of thousands of dollars between Monterey, Salinas and King City. Administrators said the numbers do not give a true comparison and stressed the facilities are all trying to reduce the costs of health care.