This information is intentionally kept secret by hospitals preventing the kind of comparison shopping that goes on in virtually every other field. This has also facilitated the practice of charging the uninsured patient more than the insured, even if this causes significant financial hardship to the patient.
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We have written before how a large waist to hips ratio bodes ill for your future health. Now a new study will tell you how to test yourself to see if you are at risk. A waist to hips ratio of 0.9 for men and 0.85 for women had twice the risk of others with smaller waists of heart disease. In fact waist to hips ratio was a better predictor of ill health than BMI.
This highlights a disease that is largely preventable by simple weight loss. It is well known that most hypertensives, people with high blood pressure, would have the problem completely cured if they got down to their ideal weight, a BMI in the low 20s in general.