The average charge for common hospital procedures varies widely, according to federal data released May 8, 2013. Here is information for Kansas hospitals on the 100 most-common inpatient procedures in fiscal 2011. The average charges are the internal price lists that hospitals typically charge uninsured patients and those who pay out of pocket. The average total payments include the average amount Medicare paid to the provider and the co-payment and deductible that patients are responsible for.
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