ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- According to new findings released by the National Nurses United, Orange Park Medical Center is among the most expensive hospitals in the country.
Priscilla Twiggs owns Savvy Hair Salon right across the street from the Orange Park Medical Center. In her 20 years as a Clay County resident, she says she steers clear of the medical center.
"I've had a few people come through here that have actually stated that the emergency room visit was just outrageous," said Twiggs.
According to the National Nurses United, the Orange Park Medical Center is the most expensive hospital in Florida and the third most expensive in the nation.
"It's an important service but at the same time you don't want to break the bank or go broke doing it," said Twiggs.
The nurse's union released a study that states the Clay County hospital charges 1,139 percent of their costs. In other words, $1,139 for every $100 of its total costs.
Another area hospital the study sites as being among the most expensive is Memorial Hospital of Jacksonville, which charges $811, while on the lower end is Mayo Clinic, which charges $313 for every $100 of its total costs.
According to the nurse's group, it's because of inflated prices like these that many people go without the care they need.
The Orange Park Medical Center declined our interview requests, but the Director of Marketing David Goldberg sent Action News this statement:
"What patients pay has more to do with the type of coverage they have than charges. Government programs like Medicare and Medicaid determine how much they reimburse hospitals. Insurance plans negotiate their payments. Everyone else is eligible for our charity care program or they receive our uninsured discounts, which are similar to the discounts a private insurance plan gets."
Including the Orange Park Medical Center, five Florida hospitals made the list of the top 10 priciest hospitals in the nation.