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How much does that hospital procedure cost? Depends on where you go
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Data released this week by the federal government that show a wide variation of what hospitals charge Medicare for everything from pacemakers to hip replacement to obstructive pulmonary disease may bolster a discussion on fair pricing but does little to help the average consumer understand what they are paying for, health policy experts said. As part of an effort to be more transparent, the Department of Human Health Services released the massive database to show disparities across the country and within communities of what hospitals charged for common inpatient procedures in 2011.