New data from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services show that South Dakota ranks 30th in the nation for the average prices charged by hospitals for the 100 most common diagnoses and treatments. Minnesota ranks 31st. Sifting through the CMS data, I find lots of variance from procedure to procedure at the four South Dakota hospitals sureveyed (Sanford and Avera in Sioux Falls, Yankton Avera, and Rapid City Regional) and 14 Minnesota facilities. Treatment for psychoses is 11% cheaper in South Dakota than Minnesota, while treatment for poisoning and toxic effects of drugs averages 23% more expensive here. But on the whole, hospital prices are a bit less than 2% higher in South Dakota than in Minnesota.
Hmm... I'll bet Sanford Health could make up that difference if it quit charging patients extra to fund the millions of dollars spent to promote T. Denny Sanford's name and business interests.