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What California’s Transparent Hospital Prices Can And Can’t Tell Us About Actual Charges

Community Hospitals/ UCSF Fresno

If you or a loved one needed to go to the emergency room, how would you pay the bill? If you’re like most Americans, you don’t have huge cash funds socked away for a trip to the ER. Most of us are overwhelmed by the high cost of healthcare—and it doesn’t help that medical costs are often hidden.

We recently reported on a new federal law that aims to increase price transparency but doesn’t quite hit the mark. California, though, is ahead of the game—and it means we can actually compare prices at local hospitals around the San Joaquin Valley.

In this interview, host Laura Tsutsui speaks with FM89 healthcare reporter Kerry Klein about hospital price transparency in California and which Valley hospitals cost the most, but also why even publicly available price lists need to be taken with a grain of salt.

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