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WRAL SmartShopper

You won't want to miss this story tonight on comparing hospital costs!

Posted November 11, 2013


This evening, Monday, November 11, at 5:30pm, make sure you tune into WRAL-TV for a revealing story about comparing hospital costs. The differences for the same procedure at different hospitals is shocking!  Reporter Kelcey Carlson investigated costs on admittance, supply, procedure costs and more.

Click on the link in the box above for a preview of this story and an example of the HUGE cost difference between a specific procedure at different hospitals. You will be amazed.  I look forward to seeing the full story.

Have you comparison shopped for hospital care before?


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  • lorawatson Nov 12, 2013

    I'm in Fayetteville, so if I go to a hospital outside of Fayetteville is has to be approved first, our it is considered out of network. WIth this said, is the additional cost out of pocket worth it? Also if your doctor is connected with the local hospital then you would have to locate a doctor connected with the hospital of your choice and again risk it being considered out of network.

  • Big Willy Magnum Nov 11, 2013

    I watched this tonight on WRAL, NBC 17 did a much better job detailing and presenting this to the viewers. Once again WRAL, you're late to arrive at the party and playing catch up. You guys have been doing that a lot lately. Not the same WRAL 5 I grew up with.

  • watchhillgirl Nov 11, 2013

    I can say from experience -when faced with a life threatening disease, cost was never even a thought in my house! I looked at various hospitals and doctors and finally chose one that I felt most comfortable! I don't know if it was the cheapest or most expensive. I will tell you that even with insurance it took me years to pay off the chemo, radiation,and numerous surgery bills. What I can tell you is that almost 10 years later I am still here!!! And that is priceless!

  • Dr Sanchez Nov 11, 2013

    One of the good things about the Affordable Care Act is it now requires hospitals to make public these metrics. I saw this recently on another channel; fascinating information.

  • TJ84 Nov 11, 2013

    I would think that with Obamacare and high deductibles that this would be a relevant story for many to watch.

  • Big Willy Magnum Nov 11, 2013

    NBC17 already did this story.

  • pmck Nov 11, 2013

    Really? I can't think of a more ridiculous way of choosing healthcare than based on cost. What is wrong with people? There are many factors involved in how costs are determined. You want a facility designated as a Center of Excellence for whatever specialty you need. Another useless factor? The place that can afford the best marketing plan. Talk to some nurses - ask where they get care.