Hip and knee replacements and other surgeries often have inexplicable price variations in the same geographic locations, a recent Blue Cross Blue Shield study revealed.
The study researched claims in 64 healthcare markets during a three-year period, discovering the biggest price swings for hip surgery in Massachusetts, according to a Reuters report on the study. There, the same treatment varied by more than 313%, swinging from $17,910 to $73,987. Researchers also found the biggest gaps in total knee replacement surgery to be in Dallas. Prices in that location ranged 267% from $16,772 to $61,584, Reuters reported.
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