Hospitals have a lot of hidden costs, sometimes called “overheads,” that contribute to the cost of a hospital stay, writes UTMB Dr. Michael Warren in his weekly It’s Your Health column. “The major cost of hospital operations is devoted to its people. In addition to the doctors, nurses, technicians, therapists and all those other people who are directly involved with your health care, a hospital would cease to function without housekeepers, administrators, dietitians, electricians, transportation personnel, billing and accounting experts, air conditioning gurus and so many more, it’s virtually impossible to list them all. … Cost containment and efforts to control expenses are primary concerns of all hospital administrations. Attempting to reconcile these spiraling costs with a commitment to providing the finest possible health care is an ongoing conflict.”