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Monterey County Weekly

Workers testify to the high cost of hospitals in Monterey County before a new regulatory board.

The stories out of Monterey County about employer-plan hospital costs were so striking to longtime health care researcher Laurel Lucia of the UC Berkeley Labor Center that she took a deeper look and published her findings Sept. 18. Lucia found data showing CHOMP, Natividad and Salinas Valley Health were all in the top 15 percent of the highest-priced hospitals in California from 2018-2020.