Missouri: Rivalry drives up hospital charges in Cape Girardeau (St. Louis Dispatch)

January 6, 2013 – Huge billboards tout the services of Cape Girardeau’s billion-dollar health care industry while two rival hospitals, St. Francis Medical Center and Southeast Hospital, brag about gleaming buildings, robotic surgery systems, electrophysiology labs for heart care, and cancer treatment centers. What remains unsaid is the price tag. The nonprofit hospitals’ charges are much higher than in other parts of Missouri — certain surgeries can even cost twice as much as those in the St. Louis area. Cape Girardeau, the largest medical community between Memphis and St. Louis, offers a glimpse into the nation’s health care problems.

Link to Full Article: http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/rivalry-drives-up-medical-charges-in-cape-girardeau/article_7a25fda1-79e3-5586-914e-9bd8b3cc2d11.html

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