9 hospitals that mark up bills by 10x or more: study

Nine hospitals in the U.S. bill patients an amount more than 10 times higher than the actual cost of care, according to research from Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University.

Researchers looked at the billing and debt collection practices for the 100 U.S. hospitals with the highest revenues between Jan. 1, 2018, and July 31, 2020. They found these hospitals charged patients an average of seven times the actual cost of the care they provided. 

Below are the nine hospitals with average bill markups that exceed 10 times the cost of actual care:

  1. Chippenham Hospital (Richmond, Va.): 13 times

  2. Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center (Las Vegas): 12.9 times

  3. Las Palmas Medical Center (El Paso, Texas): 12.5 times

  4. HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood (Kingwood, Texas): 12.4 times

  5. Riverside (Calif.) Community Hospital: 12 times

  6. UPMC Presbyterian (Pittsburgh): 11.9 times

  7. Doctors Medical Center of Modesto (Calif.): 11.8 times

  8. JFK Medical Center — Main (Atlantis, Fla.): 11.5 times

  9. Medical City Dallas: 10.6 times 

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