Hospital prices for the same emergency care vary up to 16X, study finds

Enlarge / Miami Beach, Fire Rescue ambulance at Mt. Sinai Medical Center hospital. ]Getty | Jeffrey Greenberg/

Since 2021, federal law has required hospitals to publicly post their prices, allowing Americans to easily anticipate costs and shop around for affordable care—as they would for any other marketed service or product. But hospitals have mostly failed miserably at complying with the law.

A 2023 KFF analysis on compliance found that the pricing information hospitals provided is “messy, inconsistent, and confusing, making it challenging, if not impossible, for patients or researchers to use them for their intended purpose.” A February 2024 report from

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