July 17th, 2012

Depending on where you live in California, your hospital bill might be a lot more (or less) than in other areas, according to a new study from the California Public Interest Research Group.

The study looked at the 12 most common elective, inpatient surgeries performed across the state, like knee surgery, cesarean sections and angioplasty. Researchers found that the highest-cost regions (Alameda and San Mateo) charge prices 2.7 times higher than the lowest-cost region. The Fresno and Orange County regions are the least expensive. 

The research also outlined how much health care costs have risen since 1999:

In 2009, health care spending per Californian was $6,238, 79 percent more than just 10 years earlier. Family insurance premiums rose by 113 percent from 2001 to 2009.

Read the full report here.

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