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When It Comes to Your Healthcare, Buyer Beware Print E-mail
Written by Michael P. Jones, MD | KevinMD   
Tuesday, 07 June 2016 17:12

...I received a call from a patient on whom I had performed an upper endoscopy to remove a small gastric polyp. Because removing stomach polyps can be complicated by bleeding, I did the procedure in the hospital rather than an outpatient center. The whole thing took 15 minutes. Anesthesia wasn't required, just routine conscious sedation. So, my patient wanted to know, what had I done that warranted an $18,000 bill from the hospital?

I had absolutely no explanation. For $18,000, you can just about buy your own endoscope. Amortized costs for an upper endoscopy at this hospital, including the use of the endoscopy unit, salaries for the whole staff, medication, and equipment expenses is probably not more than $200 for 15 minutes. By the way, the doctor doing the procedure - in that case, me - typically gets about $175 for an upper endoscopy.

And then there are the costly procedures you could probably do without.

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