HHS SECRETARY KATHLEEN SEBELIUS&NBSP;(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) by Connie Cass and Lauran Neergaard WASHINGTON (AP) — Hospitals within the same city sometimes charge tens of thousands of dollars more for the same procedures, according to figures the government released for the first time Wednesday. The federal list sheds new light on the mystery of just how high a hospital bill might go — and whether it’s cheaper to get the care somewhere else.
HEALTH SCARE–Michael Lee talks to a reporter about his recent heart surgery and follow-up care at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) by Lauran Neergaard AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Lee knew he was still in bad shape when he left the hospital five days after emergency heart surgery. But he was so eager to escape the constant prodding and the roommate’s loud TV that he tuned out the nurses’ care instructions.