Home > Medical schemes > News Updated 09 December 2013 Hospitals quote for parking but not procedures An enterprising surgeon in Philadelphia says he could find out how much parking would cost at 20 hospitals, but only a few would give a quote for a procedure. 0 (Shutterstock) ~ Related Consumers hit by high food prices VAT to push prices of goods up Companies reject food price warning Like us on Facebook » Subscribe to the newsletter » Ask CyberDoc » Quiz How long will you live? » Medical history Bacteria gallery New York - People usually don't know what their medical procedures cost until after they leave the hospital and a new study suggests they will have a hard time finding out in advance.Inspired by an earlier study looking at hip replacement surgery costs, researchers tried to see if consumers could get quotes for a much simpler diagnostic test from Philadelphia area hospitals.They found that parking prices were readily available by calling the hospital and asking, but only three out of 20 hospitals could provide the cost of an electrocardiogram test.A professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania in Philidelphia, Dr Josep Bernstein, said: “We were motivated by the Rosenthal study on hip pricing. It was a great study and a real eye opener."Price quoteThe earlier study led by Jaime Rosenthal was published online by JAMA Internal Medicine in February, stating that he had called 120 hospitals for hip replacement surgery and got quotes ranging from $11 000 to more than $125 000. What was surprising, though, was that more than half of the hospitals could not give him a cost for the surgery at all.Bernstein said: “"Just like you can't call a contractor on the phone and ask 'how much does it cost to remodel my kitchen?' Maybe it would be unreasonable to expect a price quote on the phone for 'remodelling' your hip as well," said Bernstein.Because hip replacement is complex and many factors, such as the patient's health or the type of replacement hip used, can vary, it might be unrealistic to expect a flat price.(Photo of surgeon from Shutterstock) More in Medical schemes Post-op costs sky-high in some US hospitals More: Medical schemesNews advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Sex US STIs hit all-time high in 2015 Medical Human right-handedness might go back almost 2 million years Mental health Troubled childhood may boost bipolar risk Diet and nutrition Our genes may soon advise our food and lifestyle choices Lifestyle Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Medical Don't believe these asthma myths From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.