A new study that found no logical explanation for the cost of having a baby in a hospital in California ranging from $3,000 to $37,000 highlights the “appalling” state of healthcare nationwide, according to a recent NBC News article. 

Even after adjusting for patient and hospital characteristics, researchers found the prices for uncomplicated deliveries ranged from $3,296 to $37,227, while those for a C-section ranged from $8,312 to nearly $71,000.

“It is very common, not just in California, but in every state and every city around the country,” said Dr. Jeffrey Rice, a former physician who set up a group called Healthcare Blue Book to help people compare prices. “Every hospital gets to set their own prices. They get to negotiate their payment amounts with the insurance companies.”

The federal government started publishing data on hospital charges in May, with the first numbers confirming that charges vary enormously, and for seemingly unclear reasons.

“The number one thing consumers can do is ask about the cost of care before they get treatment,” said Rice. “If a provider won’t tell you what their price is, you probably don’t want to do business with that provider.” Read the full article here:

What’s it cost to have a baby? Try $3,000 — or $37,000

Before you undergo an elective or non-urgent medical treatment or procedure, be sure to ask about the associated costs, even if you have insurance. The differences between providers and hospitals can be significant, even within the same city.

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