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Hospital billings vary wildly between insured and uninsured

Managed Care Weekly Advisor, May 16, 2007

Uninsured patients seeking care at California hospitals were charged more than three times the rate paid by private insurers or government programs, according to a study from the Center for Hospital Finance and Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The two-year study focused on hospital charges between 1984 and 2004, and found a widening gap between what hospitals charge insured versus uninsured patients. A spokesperson for the California Hospital Association said the findings of the study are outdated and do not take into account changes in healthcare legislation.

Click here to read about the study.