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Cost of prostate cancer surgery varies widely in U.S.
Visialia Times-Delta

For an uninsured man with prostate cancer, the price of surgery could range from $10,000 to $135,000, depending on the hospital, a U.S. study finds.

What’s more, that wide range in charges — a 13-fold difference — has nothing to do with quality, researchers said.

“Consumers are used to higher prices meaning higher quality. But that’s not true in medicine,” said Dr. Bradley Erickson, the senior researcher on the study. “Prices are not attached to any kind of quality information.”

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