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Government survey draws attention to medical cost differences
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- You may have heard about medical tourism where patients travel overseas, looking for good prices. However, it could work for you here in the United States.
A federal government survey found huge disparities in hospital charges depending on where you live. For example, if you have a heart attack in Danville, Arkansas, it will cost you about $3,300.
The same procedure at San Francisco General Hospital will run you about $54,000.
Overall, major hospitals in the Bay Area charge roughly twice the national average for each procedure. Something to think about when looking at your co-pays.
health care, health insurance, 7 on your side, michael finney
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