Hot Springs hospital makes list of big markup hospitals | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Hot Springs hospital makes list of big markup hospitals

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The Washington Post has published a list of the 50 hospitals that charge private-pay patients the biggest markup over Medicare rates — 10 times that rate and more for the uninsured and also those covered by auto and workers comp coverage.

The Natonal Park Medical Center in Hot Springs, operated by Capella Healthcare, finished 15th on the list, with a 1,030 percent markup.

All the hopsitals on the list are operated by for-profit companies.

The hospitals dispute the list, the Post said, contending they offer significant discounts from list prices for uninsured and poorly insured patients. But such patients aren't in the same bargaining positions as Medicare or those covered by insurance companies that aggressively try to limit their costs.

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