Among selected Boston hospitals with high quality ratings, the hospital that cost the least for a child delivery in 2014 charged an average of $6,834. What did the highest-cost hospital charge?
The highest-cost hospital charged $21,554. Per a 2014 study by the Government Accountability Office, "some providers are paid thousands of dollars more than others for the same service in the same geographic area, regardless of the quality of such services." In large part, this occurs because most patients do not directly pay for their healthcare.