Healthcare Price CRAZINESS.
August 24, 2011 in Member Stories
I have recently had an interesting experience which left me completely shocked. This is not a posting about whether or not to get a circumcision, just at the astronomical costs involved.
My son was born 14 mo ago and because he was born in a Birth Center, he could not get circumcised at birth. Our hospital (Cambridge Hospital in MA) does not have a pediatric surgeon for this procedure so we were given a referral for a doctor at Mass General (Boston, MA). When I called Mass General to get a quote on the price, I got the following:
(includes Facility, Physician, Anesthesia)
This procedure is less than 30 minutes; the doctor himself even stated that this is one of the easiest procedures. I’ve researched prices for other countries and found a high of $1200.
We are insured so presumably my insurance (Harvard Pilgram/United) has a discounted rate but I’m not able to get access to this price. The insurance would presumably cover 80% of the cost but I would be responsible for co-insurance, deductible, and who knows what else.
It took 15 calls and 3 hours to get the information relating to the $23k. It’s ridiculous that it takes this long but also that a hospital could charge this much.