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Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 07/ 8/2010

Hospital rates increase in Md.

By Washington Post editors

Maryland patients will pay hundreds of dollars more for hospital stays under price hikes made final Wednesday by the state agency that sets rates for the medical institutions, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The price for health care that hospitals pass on to insurers and patients will soar 4.4 percent this year — adding $596 million to the total tab — under several rate increases approved by the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission.

As a result, the average inpatient hospital bill will rise $386, to $12,141. The rate increases also are likely to turn into higher premiums because insurance companies typically pass on higher costs to customers.

The higher rates are needed to cover the cost of treating more uninsured patients turning to hospitals for care, most likely because of people losing their jobs in this weak economy, according to the commission. The increases also help to cover $123 million in Medicaid expenses that the cash-strapped state eliminated from its budget.

By Washington Post editors  | July 8, 2010; 10:20 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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You guys should stop complaining cuz one the health care we have now isnt as good as it was supposed to be. also the law has just been signed give it a try u guys are too hard on democrats they went to college and we voted for most of these people.so if u want to say u have the right to choose tell that to ur congress men or state official. as for obama people are just tryin to make it look like america made a mistake he has done things to help us and we had a full 8 years of a terrible president and i will be so as happy as ever when a obama fixes bush's mistakes. You can find full medical coverage at the lowest price from http://bit.ly/chE6zp obama has to put up with the wo0rld judging his every move and trying to fix the mess we are in we are lucky anyone wants to be our president. STOP COMPLAINING AND GIVE HIM A BREAK. i wanna see one of yall do what he sas done. some people are just so ignorant.

Posted by: henryjose09 | July 9, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

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