Analysis Shows N.J. Hospital Rated Most Expensive in U.S.

BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) -

An analysis has found a northern New Jersey hospital to be the most expensive in the country, charging four times more than the national average.

Bayonne Medical Center charged the highest for nearly one-quarter of the most common hospital treatments, The New York Times found after analyzing Medicare bills from 2011, the most recent available.

Based on bills it submitted to Medicare, Bayonne Medical was found to charge $99,689 for cases of chronic lung disease, five times as much as other hospitals. It was also found to charge $120,040, six times the national average, for treating a type of stroke that has no lasting effect.

But the expensive price tag on treatment does not mean Bayonne Medical has performed better than other hospitals in the state. In a 2011 state hospital quality report, the hospital only scored in the top 50 percent.