Health officials introduced a Web tool that allows patients to compare prices, experience and average hospital stay for a number of common surgeries.
So if you're in the market for a new heart valve, or want to trade in your gallbladder, it may pay to do a little window shopping first.
The numbers don't necessarily represent the cost to your insurer, but the average cost charged to patients with no insurance -- which are generally higher.
The database does not include pricing data for Kaiser Permanente, but does detail procedures performed and average stay.
Jackson West wonders how much it costs to treat a case of sticker shock.