Some Dallas hospitals charge five times as much as hospitals just a few miles away for the same treatments, federal data released Wednesday shows.
In 2011, Medical City Dallas Hospital charged $430,219 for Medicare respiratory patients using a ventilator for more than four days. Baylor Medical Center in Irving, meanwhile, charged an average of $82,185 for the same treatment.
In leg joint replacements, Texas Health hospitals charged more than Baylor. For simple pneumonia, Baylor charged more than Texas Health.
“Baylor reviews its pricing policies and pricing levels every year to assure that they are reasonable compared to local and national competitors,” Baylor Health Care Systems said in a statement. “Further, Baylor also engages a third-party firm periodically to review the reasonableness of our prices.”