Sick, Twisted and Fun

The Sacramento Bee just posted this Hospital charge database of the 25 most common procedures by hospital. The Bee has compiled all the information reported to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development in 2006 and put it in an easy-to-use scroll down format.

The charges reflect what consumers would pay if they didn’t have insurance — in other words, the sticker price. Insurance companies negotiate far lower rates.

I’m finding it weirdly entertaining to see how broke I’d be if I ever found myself uninsured.

If I ever needed a hip replacement, it’d cost *as little* as $40,000 at Mercy Hospital in Folsom or *as much as* $1o9,000 at UC Davis Med Center down the street from me.

If I ever got pneumonia, and needed a breathing tube: $362,000 at Mercy San Juan, a whopping $850,000 at Sutter Memorial.

Play with it. Have a heart attack. (Get an angioplasty — $94,000 at Sutter, $140,000 at UC Davis.) Pass comprehensive health reform so no one gets these sticker prices.

Health Access California promotes quality, affordable health care for all Californians.

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