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Medical costs vary widely at central San Joaquin Valley hospitals
Fresno Bee

With higher deductibles and larger co-payments becoming the norm in insurance plans, more patients are having to shop for health care to keep out-of-pocket costs down. Within a region or even a city, hospital charges for a medical procedure can be thousands of dollars apart.

Need a joint replacement? In the central San Joaquin Valley, the highest average hospital charge for a joint replacement was $122,651 at Sierra View District Hospital in Porterville; the lowest was $40,812, at Madera Community Hospital, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services database of 100 common procedures in 2011.