The Center for Medicare Services, for the first time, has published the list prices charged by hospitals around the country (to Medicare) for the top one hundred reasons patients end up in the hospital.

The payment to a hospital for a given diagnosis is determined by a complicated formula, based on how sick the patient is, regional variations in salaries of employees, if the hospital is training new doctors (or nurses, or technicians) and so on. Thus, the difference in payment is based on objective factors.

The charges from hospitals vary enormously, and for obscure reasons

This website will allow you to look at this information, and compare what hospitals charge for a given medical problem--and what the hospitals were ultimately paid by Medicare.

Start by picking a region to view:

Or look at the charges and payments for diagnoses around the country.