West Virginians preparing for a medical procedure can now do a little online comparison shopping.
The state Health Care Authority has launched the CompareCare Web site, which allows prospective patients to search the state's hospitals for the average cost of a variety of medical procedures.
The Web site doesn't tell you exactly what you'll pay, it just gives an average cost. And based on things like insurance and the type of service, the price can vary widely. For example, it may cost about four-thousand-800 dollars to have a baby at Pleasant Valley Hospital in Point Pleasant, but the price for the same thing could be more than eight-thousand-500 dollars at St. Mary's Hospital in Huntington.
Governor Manchin directed the health care authority to create the site after his knee surgery last year. He was frustrated because he couldn't get a single invoice telling him how much the procedure cost.
The address for the site is www.comparecarewv.gov.