The Oregon Health Authority just released its second review of hospital pricing and there are some big differences.
During 2015, the cost of a typical child delivery at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City was $4,000. But that same delivery at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend was more than $11,000.
So in theory, a patient could have had their baby in Baker City and then driven home in a new $7,000 car.
Stephen Ranzoni with the Oregon Health Authority doesn’t think the study gives consumers more bargaining power. But, he said, it provides useful information.