The New York Times - How much you spend on medical care depends on what you get, but also where you get it. Confoundingly to many, the cost of the same procedure on the same patient by the same physician can vary by thousands of dollars depending on whether it’s performed in a hospital, a hospital’s outpatient department, an ambulatory surgical center or a doctor’s office. It can also vary by who’s paying the bill — which insurer or public program.
And even for the same insurer, cataract surgery might cost twice as muchin a clinic affiliated with a hospitalcompared with an independent surgery center. The cost of cancer care is significantly higher in hospital outpatient departments compared with community practices...>>>