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Top hospitals dispute cost rankings

Baltimore Sun, November 30, 2009

Leaders of Maryland's renowned teaching hospitals are feeling vulnerable as the push for a healthcare overhaul focuses attention on the tremendous differences in hospital costs around the country, the Baltimore Sun reports. Urban academic medical centers such as top-ranked Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland, with its world-class trauma center, are more expensive to run than community hospitals and rural teaching hospitals. The difference can mean patient bills that are higher by thousands of dollars, the Sun article contends.