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Hospitals are hard-pressed to estimate hip-replacement costs, study finds
Washington Post

Many hospitals are hard-pressed to tell people needing a hip replacement how much their procedure is likely to cost, according to a new study. Even when they can cite prices, going rates for the procedure may vary from hospital to hospital by a factor of 10, researchers found. “It was very frustrating,” said Jaime Rosenthal, a student at Washington University in St. Louis who led the new research, which was reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. “You got transferred to all these different people. You had to leave messages, call back.”