This Web resource, first launched in 2007, has been updated and streamlined for 2010. It allows healthcare consumers to compare information about various services and charges at New Jersey's acute care hospitals. It's a service provided by the New Jersey Hospital Association and its member hospitals, who are committed to providing comparative information that is timely and easy to access.
This information does not constitute, nor should it substitute for, medical advice. Disclaimer.
Some important information for users to remember:
- This site reflects hospital "charges," an amount used as a starting point for negotiations. Major healthcare payers such as Medicare, Medicaid and HMOs pay hospitals significantly discounted rates; they do not pay the charges rate.
- In close to 90 percent of cases, hospitals are paid much less than the amounts listed here. Those actual amounts vary from one case to the next and therefore cannot be accurately included in this listing.
- Unfortunately, a small percentage of uninsured, self-pay patients are billed at the "charges" rate. Virtually all N.J. hospitals have adopted compassionate billing practices to negotiate lower rates and work out payment plans with self-pay patients.
- Patients are encouraged to contact individual hospitals and their insurance plans to discuss specific billing rates and practices.
- NJHA encourages healthcare consumers to gather as much information as possible when making important healthcare decisions. This site, and others like it, can be valuable sources of information. Consumers also should seek out hospital Web sites, word-of-mouth referrals and the advice of a trusted healthcare professional for additional information.
About This Site
This information is compiled from publicly available sources provided by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. Current data is based on hospital discharges from the January 1, 2009 - December 31, 2009. For more information see About This Site.