Federal price transparency regulations require hospitals to establish and make public a list of their standard charges for items and services. Patients can use the list of standard charges to compare prices and make informed decisions about their care.
In Maryland, the average rates for hospital services — radiology, laboratory, intensive care stay — are regulated by the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC), a state regulatory agency. The HSCRC sets average hospital rates on Jan. 1 and July 1 every year.
Hospitals outside of Maryland are not restricted by regulation in setting their charges. These hospitals use market information and competitive pricing tools to set rates for services.
Download information about estimated charges for the hospital you plan to visit:
- Howard County General Hospital - Last updated May 25, 2023
- The Johns Hopkins Hospital - Last updated May 31, 2023
- Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center - Last updated May 31, 2023
- Sibley Memorial Hospital - Last updated May 10, 2023
- Suburban Hospital - Last updated May 25, 2023
- Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital - Last updated May 10, 2023
Please note that the use of these files is not an accurate method to estimate the cost of health care, as the actual services you receive may differ from those estimated. You can call the Cost Estimates Assistance Line at 844-986-1584 or email [email protected] for help with cost estimates.
Consider these factors that may affect the cost of health care
Estimates are subject to change
Please note that cost estimates may change without notice. The actual cost of your procedure may be higher or lower based on factors specific to your case, such as your length of stay in the hospital and the complexity of your medical condition. If you have questions regarding an estimated charge, please contact our billing customer service team.
There may be other charges
Estimates reflect hospital charges only. They do not include physician or other provider fees that may be billed separately from the hospital fees. You may receive bills from multiple physicians for their services, including the anesthesiologist, hospitalist, pathologist, radiologist, cardiologist, emergency room physician and other specialists who participate in your care. If you have questions regarding the bill for their services, please contact the individual provider.
Hospital charges can fluctuate
Although Maryland sets hospital rates twice each year, hospital charges are allowed to fluctuate, and specific charges may be different from the average approved rates that cover a larger group of services. So, charges on Maryland hospital bills may be different from the charges in the above fee schedules. This is both allowable and normal, as hospitals adjust charges frequently to comply with other regulations. The Johns Hopkins Hospital and other Maryland hospitals believe it is impractical to update posted charges more than twice per year.