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Arizona Announces A Hospital Cost Comparison Web Site

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iHealthBeat: The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association launched a new Web site that allows patients to compare the average and median charges for medical services at 80 hospitals statewide.

According to John Rivers, CEO of the health care association, Arizona’s Hospital Choice, will allow consumers for the first time to compare charges for any type of inpatient procedure in Arizona.

The Web site includes:

  • Average length of stay
  • Average charge per day
  • Percentage of male and female patients
  • Number of patients
  • Median patient age

The Hospital Compare Web site also provides links to hospital Web sites, which administrators hope will help patients understand hospital payment policies.

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