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Fri May 10, 2013
Health and Welfare

Data Shows Cost of Care Varies at Lexington Hospitals

Costs for various types of major medical care at Lexington hospitals — including treatment for heart attack, joint replacement and kidney failure — varied wildly in data provided by the federal government this week. The numbers, released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, gave American consumers their first look inside the pricing structures of hospital stays, figures often seen for the first time when a bill arrives. Lexington hospital officials said that consumers should approach such figures warily because of the complexity of the pricing models and the fact that consumers do not pay "sticker price" for their medical procedures.

St. Joseph East Hospital
St. Joseph East Hospital
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