The cost of getting care at a local hospital may be much higher than everywhere else in the nation.
A new study released by National Nurses United finds Orange Park Medical is the third most cost inflated hospital in the nation, charging consumers $1,139 for every $100 spent by the hospital. Specific information about how NNU obtained this data is not immediately available.
The organization says the cost of care overall is rising. Their report says hospitals charge, on average, about 330% more than they pay. Florida is the second most expensive state overall, charging about 555% more.
Orange Park Medical Director of Marketing David Goldberg issued a statement to WOKV responding to this study. He says the type of coverage a patient has affects what they pay more than hospital procedure.
“Government programs like Medicare and Medicaid determine how much they reimburse hospitals. Insurance plans negotiate their payments,” the statement reads.
He further says there is a charity care program and uninsured discounts.
No other Northeast Florida hospitals are on the NNU’s list of the most expensive in Florida. Five of the ten most expensive hospitals in the nation, however, are from around the state.