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The Coastal Packet

The longtime national journal, Progressive Review, has moved its headquarters from Washington DC to Freeport, Maine, where its editor, Sam Smith, has long ties. This is a local edition dealing with Maine news and progressive politics.

3/2/10

MEDICAL COSTS VARY SHARPLY THROUGHOUT STATE

VILLAGE SOUP - A colonoscopy costs $1,730 for an uninsured patient having the procedure done at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport.
The same patient would pay as little as $1,130 for a colonoscopy at Mercy Hospital in Portland or as much as $4,895 at the Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital in Greenville.

These are among the findings of a cost comparison provided by the Maine Health Data Organization. The organization was created by the Legislature in 1996 to make clinical and financial health care information available to the public.

For colonoscopies, the statewide average charge was $1,974. Penobscot Bay Medical Center's median charge for the procedure was less than that at $1,730. At Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast, the median charge was $1,557 while at Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta the median charge was $2,970 -- the third highest charge in Maine. At Maine Medical Center in Portland, the charge was $1,326, the second lowest in Maine.

For a mammogram, the statewide average charge was $221 for an uninsured person. At Pen Bay Women's Imaging in Rockport, the median charge was $167. The median charge at Waldo County General Hospital was $192. The median charge at Miles Memorial Hospital was $232.

The median charge for a tonsillectomy in Maine hospitals was $4,663. At Penobscot Bay Medical Center, that price for an uninsured patient was $5,630. At Waldo County General Hospital, the cost was $5,721

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