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Thomas, St. Francis get rate hikes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Patients who pay out of pocket or with private insurance can expect to pay more at two Charleston area hospitals.The West Virginia Health Care Authority has approved rate increases for non-governmental patients at Thomas Memorial Hospital, St. Francis Hospital and six other hospitals around the state.At Thomas Memorial in South Charleston, the average charge per discharge for non-governmental patients will increase 7.31 percent from $19,008 to $20,398 for fiscal year 2014.The hospital had requested a 7.5 percent increase over the 2013 fiscal year.At St. Francis Hospital, the average cost of stay for non-governmental patients will increase from $27,060 to $28,276, a 4.49 percent increase for fiscal year 2014.The hospital had asked for a 4.5 percent rate increase.A spokeswoman for Thomas Health System, which owns both Thomas Memorial and St. Francis Hospital, did not return a message seeking comment about the rate increases.The health care authority approved rate increases ranging from 4.5 percent to 7.5 percent, and also OK'd the following rate increases:* Wheeling Hospital, where the average cost of a stay will increase by 7.5 percent to $17,076.
* St. Mary's Hospital in Huntington, a 4.73 percent increase to $27,304.
* Cabell Huntington Hospital, a 5 percent increase to $32,397.* Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glen Dale, a 4.85 percent increase to $12,413* St. Joseph's Hospital in Buckhannon, a 5 percent increase to $10,390. * Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, a 5.47 percent increase to $8,780.Reach Lori Kersey at or 304-348-1240.   
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