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 Diet and nutrition The world is getting fatter and fatter Lifestyle ‘I conquered my fear of heights by climbing to the top of a 15-metre high wall’ Medical Gum disease can be prevented Lifestyle 15-year-old girl: ‘I chatted with a stranger who sent nude pictures of himself’ Medical Are you going deaf or do you just need to unblock your ears? Lifestyle 5 ways to get your road rage under control From our sponsors Win a R1 500 hamper with Alpecin Hypertension Consumer Fact Sheet Understanding diabetes self-management WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher! Live healthier Mental health & your work » How open are you about mental illness in the workplace? Mental health in the workplace – what you can do to help If you know that one of your colleagues suffers from a mental illness, would you be able to help them at work? Maligay Govender offers some helpful mental health "first aid" tips. Sleep & You » Sleep vs. no sleep Diagnosis of insomnia 6 things that are sabotaging your sleep Kick these shut-eye killers to the kerb and make your whole life better – overnight.