Health care prices in Massachusetts vary as much as 1000%
This article in USA Today caught my eye over the weekend,
“Costs of many preventive medical exams vary as much as 700%.”
That’s a lot, but the gap is even greater in Massachusetts.
This slide, from a deck prepared for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, shows a 10 fold or 1000% difference for some procedures. It is not just preventive services as is the report in USA Today. But either way, that’s a huge range, especially if there’s no difference in quality, which is often the case in Massachusetts.
So is the gap between what high and low cost hospitals are paid in Massachusetts greater than anywhere else in the country? Anyone know?