Childbirth Costs at Boston Hospitals

In the debate over how to control rising healthcare spending, there's a push to get patients to shop around for the best quality at the lowest cost. In Massachusetts, most routine and complicated procedures vary from one hospital to the next by thousands — in some cases tens of thousands — of dollars. Often, patients with health insurance don't compare costs or don't even know that there are differences. Case in point: childbirth.

Martha Bebinger takes a look at what's driving the divergent costs in Boston hospitals.

This program aired on July 6, 2006. The audio for this program is not available.

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Martha Bebinger covers health care and other general assignments for WBUR.



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