W.V. Approves Higher Rates At 10 Hospitals

CHARLESTON, W.V. (AP) - Patients at 10 West Virginia hospitals who pay out of pocket or with commercial insurance can expect higher bills next year.

The Charleston Gazette reports the Health Care Authority recently approved rate increases ranging from less than 1 percent to more than 7 percent.

Jackson General Hospital in Ripley had the highest inpatient rate increase at 7.48 percent, followed by 6.75 percent at Thomas Memorial in South Charleston.

Other rate increases include:
-Wheeling Hospital, 6 percent;
-Cabell Huntington Hospital, 4.6 percent;
-St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, 5 percent;
-Pleasant Valley Hospital in Point Pleasant, 4.5 percent;
-Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, 2.3 percent;
-St. Joseph Hospital in Buckhannon, 4 percent;
-Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glen Dale, 3.4 percent; and
-Saint Francis Hospital in Charleston, 0.9 percent.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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