Price of hip replacement is often unclear and varies 10-fold, study finds

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 15 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1032
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

What is the total price to the patient of a hip replacement? Most US hospitals contacted in a national study could not supply an answer.1 And those that did answer gave a price that varied more than 10-fold: from $11 100 (£7160; €8320) to $125 798. The study found no association between a hospital’s rating and the price it charged.

The study contacted two hospitals from each state and 20 nationally top ranked orthopedic hospitals (by US News & World Report) seeking total hip replacement for a 62 year old grandmother. Posing as an educated consumer, …

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