Despite the opposition of hospitals, the New York state health department has released the average cost of procedures at various hospitals throughout the state, as reported in the New York Times.
The results showed that some hospitals profited a few hundred dollars for a procedure while others made hundreds of thousands dollars.
At one hospital, a knee procedure cost some patients $33,000 and other pateints more than $110,000. The Governor’s office in New York released the data to provide more transparency to consumers before they ever enter the hospital.
Patients and their families have the right to know hospital data including cost, quality of patient care, and staffing standards of care at every hospital if they’re going to make the best decision where to receive the best care.