surgery http://michiganradio.org en How to compare medical costs – right now http://michiganradio.org/post/how-compare-medical-costs-right-now <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cost comparison – it can be an effective way of saving money. Whether it's comparing the price of a cup of coffee – Starbucks versus Tim Horton's, for instance – or comparing gas prices in different parts of the city or state, checking out cost differences is, for many, just part of a regular day.</span></p><p>But what about comparing medical costs? Would you have any idea what, say, a hip replacement might cost at the hospital you go to?</p><p>If you could tease out those prices and compare them, you might find yourself wondering: Why do some hospitals in the same city or state charge thousands of dollars more for the same procedure? And why is it so tough to get those prices?</p><p>Those are the questions Ilene Wolff, a writer with DBusiness, explored in a <a href="http://www.dbusiness.com/DBusiness/November-December-2013/Charge-Master/">recent story</a>.</p><p><strong><em>To compare prices of services at different hospitals, visit <a href="https://healthcarebluebook.com/">healthcarebluebook.com</a>.&nbsp;</em></strong><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>To look up hospital quality information, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://hospitalcompare.hhs.gov">hospitalcompare.hhs.gov</a>.</em></strong></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 20:40:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 15935 at http://michiganradio.org How to compare medical costs – right now Detroit mayor undergoes surgery, will remain in hospital for 5 to 7 more days http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-mayor-undergoes-surgery-will-remain-hospital-5-7-more-days <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">DETROIT (AP) &mdash; Mayor Dave Bing has had surgery Saturday to repair a perforation of his intestines and is expected to remain in a Detroit hospital for five to seven days.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">Dr. Scott Dulchavsky, chair of surgery at Henry Ford Hospital, says in a release the procedure was successful and the 68-year-old Bing &quot;is resting comfortably.&quot;</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">Dulchavsky says he expects a &quot;faster than normal recovery.&quot;</span></p> Sat, 24 Mar 2012 23:07:34 +0000 The Associated Press 6775 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit mayor undergoes surgery, will remain in hospital for 5 to 7 more days