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Cost of surgery at Lodi Memorial Hospital among highest in California

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Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:48 am, Wed Jul 25, 2012.

The average cost for having knee replacement surgery at Lodi Memorial Hospital is $159,571, compared to $86,002 at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento.

Lodi Memorial charges $31,907 for a Caesarian section while the same surgery is $17,560 at Sutter.

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6 comments:

  • Ed Ojeda posted at 11:52 pm on Sun, Mar 3, 2013.

    Capteo Posts: 16

    I went to the Lodi Memorial Hospital Urgent Care Clinic in Dec. 2012, and for 5 minutes of the doctor's time and a perscription for extra strength ibuprofen, I was charged $406 plus $25 co-pay. And I HAVE insurance! They didn't even check vitals(good thing or my bill might have been $1000). But because I hadn't reached the $500 deductible, my insurance company, UHC, paid absolutely nothing. I called the billing number and they would not negotiate the price down at all. So when Lodi Memorial Hospital staff say they will negotiate prices, they are absolutely lying through their teeth. I call this medical insurance rape. Incredible.

     
  • Ankur Desai posted at 7:23 pm on Sun, Aug 5, 2012.

    Knee replacement Posts: 1

    That is really expensive.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:02 am on Wed, Jul 25, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    doesn't work that way. The insurance company will contact the provider of service and verify procedure codes needed to pay a claim. The provider of service will then realize you committed fraud... I would not do as you stated as I value my freedom.

     
  • Robert Jacobs posted at 6:38 am on Wed, Jul 25, 2012.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    I like that...

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:52 pm on Tue, Jul 24, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    If a medical facility bills $50,000 for a surgery and the insurance company of the patient has a contracted negotiated rate of $43.10, then $43.10 is the maximum the service provider can receive for services rendered. Who cares what the hospital charges if the patient does not have to contractually pay it.

     
  • Kurt Roberts posted at 11:49 am on Tue, Jul 24, 2012.

    Kurt Roberts Posts: 55

    If you are rich and can pay cash, LMH is great!!! If you`re an illegal immigrant or otherwise destitute, you`ll have no problem either, they don`t expect you to pay anyway!! But if you have insurance and are middle class, it is better to tell them that you have no insurance, I guarantee you will be charged significantly less than the average person with insurance!! After getting the lower bill, you can then present it to your insurer!!

     
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