Hip replacement cost ranges widely across U.S.
The cost of hip replacement surgery can vary dramatically, not only from state to state, but even from hospital to hospital, according to a report published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
For the study, researchers at the University of Iowa and Iowa City VA Medical Center requested a quote for a total hip replacement from two hospitals in each state and 20 top-ranked orthopedic hospitals. They made the requests, pretending to do so on behalf of a 62-year-old woman with no health insurance.
What they found is that the price of a hip replacement among the hospitals that did provide quotes ranged from $11,100 to $125,798. But only 45 percent of the 20 top-ranked hospitals and 10 percent of the non-ranked hospitals were able to provide a price estimate at all.
The researchers couldn't find any specific hospital characteristics or reasons for why the higher prices were higher and the lower ones were lower, although they concede that their study sampled only a relatively small number of hospitals.