Bay Medical Center is Among the Most Affordable Hospitals in Florida
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October 16, 2013
Christa Dean Hild
PANAMA CITY — NerdWallet Health, a website that empowers consumers to make better decisions about healthcare and insurance, has found the ten most affordable hospitals in Florida – and Bay Medical Center has come in second.
A recent finalist for Health 2.0’s Hospital Price Transparency Challenge, NerdWallet Health used its Best Hospitals tool to analyze the 100 most common treatments at over 100 hospitals in Florida. To compile this list, NerdWallet Health sought answers to the following questions:
- Which Florida hospitals offer the highest number of affordable treatments, and where arethey located?
- What are these treatments?
- How satisfied are patients of these hospitals?
Bay Medical Center boasts the only comprehensive heart program in the Panama City area. It is certified by the Joint Commission as a Center of Excellence for heart attack, heart failure, and stroke and is also highly sought after for surgery – it performs 400 open-heart surgeries a year. Most affordable for cardiac care and joint replacement, the Center recently inaugurated a comprehensive joint program that includes a free pre-surgery class and performs about 1,000 orthopedic surgeries per year. In previous years, Bay Medical Center received the HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals award and was recognized as a “Best Regional Hospital” by U.S. News & World Report. Patients reported 77 percent satisfaction here, well above the national average.
“We found that hospitals in Florida charge vastly different prices for the same procedures,” said health analyst Napala Pratini. “We hope that this study and our best hospitals tool will help consumers make more informed decisions when receiving healthcare.”