APPLE TV. PAT: CALIFORNIA IS NUMBER THREE IN THE COUNTRY WHEN IT COMES TO THE HIGH PRICE WE PAY FOR HEALTH CARE. TEXAS SENATE THAT ACCORDING TO A STUDY. JEFF: TO GET TIPS ON HOW YOU CAN CUT DOWN ON YOUR HEALTH CARE COSTS. REPORTER: WE PAY A LOT FOR HEALTH CARE IN CALIFORNIA AND THAT’S THE BAD NEWS BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS A DUMP EYES HAVE TO PAY THOSE HEFTY PRICES. REPORTER: CALIFORNIA’S ONE OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE STATES IN THE COUNTRY. REPORTER: JOHNS HOPKINS SURGEON. OR MARTY McCARTY ANALYZED HOSPITAL PRICES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND FOUND CALIFORNIANS PAY AN AVERAGE MARKUP OF SIX TIMES THE MEDICARE ALLOWABLE AMOUNT. IF THERE’S ONE CONCERN I HAVE IS A PHYSICIAN IS THE PRICE-GOUGING AND HELP CARE IS BREAKING THE PUBLIC TRUST BETWEEN MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND COMMUNITIES THROUGH. McCRORY FOUND HOSPITAL PRICES VARY WIDELY BY GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION AT THE CITY AND STATE LEVEL. IF YOU’RE GOING TO DELIVER A BABY THAT PRICE NEGOTIATED DEPENDS ON THE HOSPITAL. THERE’S NO DIFFERENCE IN QUALITY. THE RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT THE PEOPLE NEED AN HONEST PRICE. BUT ACCORDING TO HIS STUDY WAS THAT THE 20 TEAM MEDICARE CLAIMS RIVERSIDE AND SAN BERNARDINO HOSPITALS CHARGE SLIGHTLY MORE THAN THOSE IN L.A. AND ORANGE COUNTY PRODUCED NEW BOOK THE PRICE WE PAY HE SAYS THE NEW MOVEMENT IS TO OFFER CLEAR AND HONEST UPFRONT PRICING. THERE ARE HOSPITALS AND URGENT CARE CENTERS NOW THAT LIST A MENU OF PRICES AND THE SURREAL PRICES. REPORTER: McCRORY SAYS PATIENTS NEED TO START DEMANDING REAL PRICES. IF YOU SHOP FOR AN AIRLINE FLIGHT AND THERE WERE NO PRICES WE WOULD SAY THIS IS CRAZY. REPORTER: IN L.A. COUNTY ROUGHLY ONE THIRD OF THE POPULATION IS IN DEBT DUE TO MEDICAL EXPENSES. HAVING INHERITED THIS CRAZY SYSTEM OF CREATING ARTIFICIALLY HIGH PRICES AND OFFERING SEEKER DISCOUNTS BASED ON WHO IS PAYING IS A RICH MAN’S GAME AND THE EVERYDAY AMERICAN IS PAYING A HEFTY PRICE. REPORTER: MAKAR HE REMINDS PATIENTS ALL BILLS ARE NEGOTIABLE. IF YOU DON’T GET THE RESULTS YOU WANT TO THE BILLING DEPARTMENT RIGHT TO YOUR HOSPITAL’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS OR THE HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT AND ALWAYS ASK FOR AN ITEMIZED BILL. KRISTINE LAZAR “CBS 2 NEWS.” JEFF McGAHN “2 ON YOUR SIDE” HELP YOU? E-MAIL “2 ON YOUR SIDE” AT CBS.COM AND TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROBLEM. YOU CAN TWEET US.