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A new reason to shop around when choosing hospitals

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When it comes to medical bills, a new report shows that different hospitals can charge thousands of dollars more for the same procedure.  For example, the report in Reader's Digest describes the variation in treating appendicitis.  Executive editor, Courtenay Smith, said, "The difference in cost between the lowest charging facility, and the highest charging facility was 172,000 dollars..."

The Reader's Digest report concludes that even when it comes to choosing a hospital, it is worth shopping around.  You can get an online cost comparison check by going to www.healthcarebluebook.com.  You just plug in your zip code because where you live makes a difference in medical costs too.  

Again, there are more tips in the September issue of Reader's Digest.

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