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Hospital rates vary significantly, Medicare data show
Hospital rates vary significantly, Medicare data show

Johns Hopkins Hospital charged $13,667 on average to treat one admission of a Medicare patient with diabetes in 2011, while a couple of miles away Mercy Medical Center billed an average of $8,425. The University of Maryland Medical Center charged $9,045 on average to treat a kidney and urinary tract infection, while a short distance away Bon Secours Hospital's charges averaged $11,922. Data released by the federal government Wednesday show that what hospitals charge Medicare to treat patients varies widely. Medicare, which sets its own reimbursement rates, actually pays significantly less, but federal officials hope the data will help patients become better informed and that they...

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