Visualization of the Week: Hospital procedure charges across the U.S., compared

The New York Times and The Washington Post created visualizations using data released by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released procedure billing data on more than 3,000 U.S. hospitals. The New York Times and The Washington Post have put together interactive visualizations to help consumers compare costs. The New York Times’ visualization compares costs on a per-hospital basis:

Users can enter a city or ZIP code to isolate an area or click on the map to zoom in and select specific hospitals. Clicking on a specific hospital reveals detailed data on procedure costs:

The Washington Post’s visualization compares average costs by state against national averages:

The Washington Post also has made the data available on a per-hospital basis, allowing users to enter their local hospital names to reveal detailed procedure cost data:

Hat tip to Nathan Yau for highlighting the visualizations.

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