Cost of treating heart defects varies widely, study finds

03/2/2014 | HealthDay News

The costs for nearly all surgical procedures conducted on children born with heart abnormalities differed from one hospital to another, according to an analysis published in the journal Pediatrics. Length of stay after surgery was longer among patients treated in hospitals with the highest costs of care than those in lowest-cost hospitals. The cost variations suggest that "there is ample room for improvement, and also suggest a link between high-quality care and lower cost," lead author Dr. Sara Pasquali said.

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