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New hospital price lists are massive spreadsheets full of gibberish

2 days ago   |   By Ars Technica

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At Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, an “HC BYP FEM-ANT TIBL PST TIBL PRONEAL ART/OTH DSTL” will run you $35,014.00. If you go to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, an “HC ECMO/ECLS INIT VENO-VENOUS” costs $51,384.00. And at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City, a “TRLUML PERIP ATHRC ILIAC ART” goes for $22,689.83.
These mysterious prices-and tens of thousands of others-are all on the hospitals' respective new price lists, available in beastly spreadsheets downloadable from the hospitals' websites. As of January 1, hospitals around the country are now...
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