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 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) NEXT ON HEALTH24X The value of digital technology in addressing quality care 2017-05-17 04:48 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 Lifestyle New study reveals that your testosterone levels are based on your childhood rather than genetics Medical It's the beautiful game, but injuries can make it a dangerous one Diet and nutrition Can CLA supplements really help you lose weight? Sex This study on older adults’ sex lives proves your sex life isn’t doomed Fitness 5 easy Pilates stretches that’ll finally sort out your lower back pain Fitness 'I tried cryotherapy and this is what happened' From our sponsors Good health begins in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal online store voucher! Congestion associated with sinuses can ruin your day Live healthier Preventing cancer » Could a blood test spot lung cancer early? More people should be screened for lung cancer Non-smoker? You are still at risk of lung cancer A frightening percentage of people who don’t smoke are being diagnosed with lung cancer every year. Your pet's health » How your dog can tell what you're feeling Why is my dog not eating? How to tell if your dog is faking a cough In case you're wondering, yes, dogs can fake a cough.