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State mandates drive higher cost of care in Del Norte vs. Oregon
Del Norte Triplicate

Medical bills for the same procedures can come with very different price tags, and some may appear excessive or unfair.

A hospital in Medford, Oregon charged $3,335 for a colonoscopy that Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City charges more than $9,124 for, according to Virginia Bostwick, a former nurse at Sea Side and Sutter Coast Hospital who provided the Triplicate with a copy of hospital billings from February of this year.

Upon closer inspection, there are reasons for the differences, indicating it pays to educate one’s self about available health care choices.