How much does childbirth cost? Our data reveal a wide range of prices

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Summary:  How much does childbirth cost? The price tag attached to labor and delivery in the U.S. has tripled since 1996, according to a recent report.  The annual amount spent in the U.S. on childbirth costs is over $50 billion. Even women who have insurance often pay some out-of-pocket costs. While all Affordable Care Act […]

CEO pay: $38.6 million for the HCA chairman, and millions for others

The chief executive of the biggest for-profit hospital chain in the U.S. earned $38.6 million last year, leading the health-care salary race in the annual New York Times pay survey. Richard Bracken, the CEO of HCA, the hospital chain, leads an enterprise whose profits dropped 34.89 percent, according to the article. HCA was the subject […]

Nontransparent transparency: Price lists from HCA, a for-profit chain

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

When is transparency not really transparent? First: Whenever anyone does anything furthering the cause of transparency, we applaud. So when HCA Holdings, the nation’s largest for-profit hospital chain, publishes price information, it’s easy to get excited. HCA, you remember, was the subject of a two-part series in The New York Times in August 2012 — […]