US hospitals overcharging patients ‘because they can’

A new study shows that 50 hospitals in the United States charge uninsured patients around 10 times more than the normal care cost.

Out of the 50, half are run by the Community Health Systems while 14 others are operated by Hospital Corp. of America, the Washington Post reported on Monday based on the study published in Health Affairs.

“They are price-gouging because they can,” said Gerard Anderson, a professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, co-author of the study in Health Affairs.

“They are marking up the prices because no one is telling them they can’t.”

On top of the list, there stood North Okaloosa Medical Center, a 110-bed hospital in Florida, where the uninsured are charged 12.6 times the real cost.


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