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Anthony Behar

Report: Cost Of Surgery May Depend On What Hospital You Choose

November 17, 2018 - 2:10 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Operations at hospitals in the city may cost you more or less, depending on the hospital you choose, according to a new report.

The City Council’s newly formed Committee on Hospitals is scheduled to meet Monday to try to figure out why it costs more at some hospitals to have a baby or replace a knee.

The Wall Street Journal reports that New York-Presbyterian hospital charges more than $82,000 for a hip replacement.

That same procedure at other hospitals has a price of just over $57,000, the Journal reported.  

This all stems from the insurance companies who negotiate with the hospitals, according to the report.

New York Presbyterian has a contract with insurer Empire that’s set to expire at the end of the year.

In a statement to the Journal, New York-Presbyterian pointed to severe demands Empire has made that it says would disrupt patients’ access to care. The hospital did not address the operation cost disparities with other hospitals.

Kenneth Rask is president of the Greater New York Hospital Association, which represents hundreds of hospitals.

Rask says if the City Council wants hospitals to explain their higher pricing, they should also ask insurance companies who have contracts with those hospitals.

In a statement to the Journal, the Greater New York Hospital Association says there are several factors that influence how hospitals negotiate prices with insurers.

The Greater New York Hospital Association also says prices change between insurance companies, even at the same hospital.