Government survey draws attention to medical cost differences

SAN FRANCISCO

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.

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