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Hospital Bills Vary Widely Throughout U.S.

Health-Money3(WGGB) — For the first time, information has been made public regarding just how much hospital stays can cost across the country. The disparity, in some cases, is staggering.

The Department of Health and Human Services released data on Wednesday compiling the 100 most popular in-patient procedures for medicare recipients.

The data revealed massive price gaps from city to city for the exact same procedure. For example, treatment for a heart attack in Modesto, California can cost you an average of nearly $90,000 more than in Danville, Arkansas.

However, the disparity is not only from one coast to another, but sometimes from one facility to another within the same city. Another shocking example can be seen in Jackson, Mississippi, where bills for one procedure ranged from $9,000 to $51,000.

This research is significant because Medicare, like most insurance companies, does not pay 100-percent of hospital costs. More costly procedures could leave the under-insured, or uninsured, in deep debt.