Hospital prices for outpatient services far exceed those of community providers, US study finds

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 27 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4322
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Prices charged by hospital outpatient departments for common imaging, colonoscopy, and laboratory services can be far higher than those charged by providers in the community, a new report has found.1

Researchers looked at private insurance claims of about 590 000 active and retired automobile workers and their dependants in 18 metropolitan areas. They found that hospital outpatient departments often charged at least twice what doctors and specialty clinics in the community charged for routine services.

For example, the researchers found that the average price charged by hospital outpatient …

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