MHA Disputes Health Care Cost Report

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JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Hospital Association, MHA, disputes the usefulness for consumers of a new government report detailing hospital costs.

"We think there isn't a lot of value in the newly posted data on charges and medicare payments," said Dave Dillon, MHA vice president of media relations. "And that is because the data on charges is data that doesn't really reflect how individuals pay for health care."

Dillon said anyone with health insurance usually only pays a much smaller deductible. Even Medicare and people without insurance generally do not pay the full cost of the procedure listed in the government report, according to Dillon.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the figures earlier this week, listing costs for procedures at many hospitals nationwide. It said the report would offer consumers greater transparency and help them make better-informed decisions.