Price of hip replacement is often unclear and varies 10-fold, study findsBMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1032 (Published 15 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1032
- Bob Roehr
- 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, …