I've worked in hospital accounting and this article gets at the wrong problem. Hospitals all bill differently and so comparing health care costs is almost impossible. One hospital might have an all-inclusive price quoted while another might be piecemeal. Further, a procedure for two different people could result in two different treatments such as a gallbladder removal from an unhealthy person who had complications and needs a hospital stay while another had it as an outpatient surgery.
I hate to say government regulation is needed but in this case it does. Hospitals and drug companies basically have price fixing going on and they need to be told to post comparable prices and charge everyone the same price for the same type of care.
Luckily for us, ObamaCare makes this problem worse and will probably increase the overhead cost of care. Great job.