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State can do better job detailing hospital costs

The News’ revealing article, “Medical charges are low in WNY but vary among hospitals,” highlights the need for better transparency in hospital fees in New York. New Hampshire has a New Hampshire HealthCost website, providing its residents with a useful tool to compare prices. A New Hampshire resident can ask, for example, how much an ankle X-ray or emergency visit costs, getting estimates for each medical facility in the area. Remarkably, the website provides information specific to that patient’s health coverage. It’s easy and – yes – transparent. Hey, New York, catch up!

Suzanne Mattei

New Yorkers for Patient

and Family Empowerment