The UC Davis Medical Center recently sent a $29,000 hospital bill to the parents of a murdered Sacramento State student, drawing attention to how much hospitals charge patients without insurance. This database, drawn from state records, shows the average cost of a hospital stay involving several common diagnoses for nearly every hospital in California. The prices shown are unadjusted -- insurance companies or government programs often negotiate with hospitals for lower prices -- so they resemble the bill a hospital would send to a patient without insurance.
Important: Kaiser hospitals do not report price data to the state.
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Source: Jan.-Sep. 2008 Medicare-severity Diagnosis Related Groups (MS-DRG), California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.
All price data are from 2008. The prices shown are unadjusted -- insurance companies or government programs often negotiate with hospitals for lower prices. Hospitals also provide discounts to lower-income patients. (To learn about discounts at particular hospitals, click here.)