Finally: US opens access to healthcare costs database

WaPo has a brief summary of the data release.

For joint replacements, which are the most common hospital procedure for Medicare patients, prices ranged from a low of $5,304 in Ada, Okla., to $223,373 in Monterey, Calif. The average charge across the 427,207 Medicare patients’ joint replacements was $52,063.

It's true – the view is better in Monterey!

It's great to see the beginings of medical transparency. Even more important is transparency of the hospital quality and safety data. When…?