A study reported by Physician’s Briefing revealed overcharges and inequities in emergency care pricing.

Overall, charges ranged from 1.0 to 12.6 times ($100 to $12,600) more than what Medicare paid for services. Emergency departments with the highest fees were most often in for-profit hospitals in the southeastern and midwestern United States. These facilities were also more likely to serve higher numbers of uninsured, black, and Hispanic patients, the researchers said.

“This study adds to the growing pile of evidence that to address the huge disparities in healthcare, healthcare pricing needs to be fairer and more transparent,” researchers told HealthDay News.

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