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You wouldn't dream of buying a new laptop without comparing prices -- why should health care be any different? The government is releasing new data about what hospitals charge in various places for medical procedures, and the prices vary widely.
U.S. releases data showing striking differences in hospital prices
The public can search a database for prices for 100 common procedures at every hospital in the country, opening a window onto price differences.
Shop around for surgery? Negotiating health care costs to save cash
New data released by the federal government reveals that costs for identical medical procedures can vary widely from hospital-to-hospital. So to get the best deal, you might have to do some comparison shopping.