April 27th, 2010
12:09 PM ET

Surgical equipment price a shocker

By Sabriya Rice, CNN Medical News producer
and Elizabeth Cohen, CNN Senior Medical Correspondent

When Dr. Linda Galloway learned she needed surgery to save her vision, she scheduled the procedure immediately with her ophthalmologist.

What an eye-opener it was when the hospital bill arrived. She noticed several high-priced items, including a charge of $863.20 for disposable forceps.

"Surgical instruments can be expensive but I think $863.20 is really outside of the realm of realistic prices," she complains.

Then Galloway, an obstetrician in Orlando, Florida went online and found similar forceps for $1,155 for a box of six, or $192 each.

"I was outraged. I tried to get an explanation as to why I was charged that amount of money," she said. When she called the billing department, the answer upset her even more.

"They said when you signed consent for the procedure, you allowed us to charge anything we wanted to and therefore, this is what it is," she recalls.

Galloway says she was especially upset because with her insurance plan, she has to pay 20 percent of her medical bill and if the hospital is going address her as a consumer, then she wants them to level the playing field.

"I need to be in power to do things.  If you're going to charge me this amount of money, then I need to know exactly what instruments you're going to use and what medications you're going to use. Because I can then buy them outside and bring them to the hospital."

Florida Hospital, the place where Linda had her surgery says their charges are fair and compatible with other hospitals.

"Like all other hospitals across the country, [Florida Hospital] bases charges on a charge master that serves as a guide,” a spokeswoman wrote in an e-mail.  She says that an independent contractor compares Florida Hospital’s charges with those of other hospitals and that the results show “we are in the mid-range in that pricing structure."

But is markup of more than four times the market rate really reasonable?

According to the American Hospital Association, the prices increases are necessary.

“A hospital is a very expensive enterprise to keep open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and ready for any medical need or emergency. And that does lay out a basic level of cost that has to be captured through the charge structures," says Rich Umbdenstock, president of the AHA.

Umbdenstock says that hospitals have to compensate for programs such as Medicare and Medicaid that traditionally underpay, and that each hospital has to set prices in a way that helps their bottom line.

"The hospital has to be able to bring in more money than it spends or else it won't be there for the next patient.”

Editor's Note: Medical news is a popular but sensitive subject rooted in science. We receive many comments on this blog each day; not all are posted. Our hope is that much will be learned from the sharing of useful information and personal experiences based on the medical and health topics of the blog. We encourage you to focus your comments on those medical and health topics and we appreciate your input. Thank you for your participation.

soundoff (1,951 Responses)
  1. priligy

    buy priligy usa buy avanafil

    May 5, 2021 at 01:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. 출장안마

    Greetings! Very useful advice within this article! It is the little changes that will make the most important changes. Thanks a lot for sharing!


    May 5, 2021 at 04:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. 출장안마

    Good article. I'm dealing with some of these issues as well..


    May 5, 2021 at 06:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. dapoxetine

    priligy 30 buy priligy uk

    May 5, 2021 at 13:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. priligy

    priligy usa priligy dapoxetine

    May 5, 2021 at 19:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. dapoxetine

    dapoxetine hydrochloride 60 buy avanafil online

    May 6, 2021 at 00:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. 먹튀

    Excellent site you have got here.. Itís hard to find excellent writing like yours nowadays. I really appreciate individuals like you! Take care!!


    May 6, 2021 at 00:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. 먹튀

    You are so awesome! I do not suppose I have read something like this before. So wonderful to find someone with original thoughts on this subject. Seriously.. thank you for starting this up. This website is one thing that's needed on the internet, someone with a bit of originality!


    May 6, 2021 at 02:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. 먹튀

    Itís nearly impossible to find knowledgeable people for this subject, however, you sound like you know what youíre talking about! Thanks


    May 6, 2021 at 05:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. dapoxetine

    dapoxetine pills for sale dapoxetine 90 mg

    May 6, 2021 at 07:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. lottovip login

    Awesome! Its really awesome piece of writing, I have got much clear idea regarding from this

    Here is my site lottovip login

    May 6, 2021 at 12:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. 먹튀

    Good article. I definitely appreciate this site. Keep it up!


    May 6, 2021 at 13:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. https://thuocladientu123.com

    Best view i have ever seen !


    May 6, 2021 at 22:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. 먹튀검증

    I could not resist commenting. Very well written!


    May 7, 2021 at 00:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. 먹튀검증

    Hi! I just wish to offer you a big thumbs up for the great information you have here on this post. I will be coming back to your site for more soon.


    May 7, 2021 at 02:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. 먹튀검증

    Hello there! I simply wish to offer you a huge thumbs up for your great info you have right here on this post. I am coming back to your web site for more soon.


    May 7, 2021 at 02:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. chloroquine phosphate aralen

    cloroquine https://chloroquineorigin.com/ chloroquine vs chloroquine phosphate

    May 7, 2021 at 06:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. incest videos

    Wonderful web site. Plenty of useful info here.
    I am sending it to several friends ans additionally sharing in delicious.
    And certainly, thanks for your sweat!

    May 7, 2021 at 10:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. 먹튀

    The next time I read a blog, I hope that it won't disappoint me just as much as this particular one. After all, Yes, it was my choice to read through, however I genuinely thought you would have something useful to say. All I hear is a bunch of complaining about something that you can fix if you were not too busy seeking attention.


    May 7, 2021 at 19:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. 먹튀검증

    Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon every day. It will always be exciting to read through content from other writers and practice something from other sites.


    May 8, 2021 at 01:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. priligy

    buy priligy buy avanafil online

    May 8, 2021 at 02:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. dapoxetine

    priligy pills usa priligy tablets uk

    May 8, 2021 at 04:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. 먹튀

    Hi, I do believe this is an excellent site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I am going to come back yet again since I saved as a favorite it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to help others.


    May 8, 2021 at 05:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Eryn Wertheimer

    Good post. I learn something tougher on different blogs everyday. It'll at all times be stimulating to learn content from other writers and observe somewhat one thing from their store. I’d choose to use some with the content on my blog whether or not you don’t mind. Natually I’ll offer you a link in your internet blog. Thanks for sharing.


    May 8, 2021 at 10:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Kathie Heu

    I am usually to blogging and that i genuinely appreciate your site content. The article has really peaks my interest. I am going to bookmark your website and keep checking for new data.


    May 8, 2021 at 11:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. 먹튀

    I used to be able to find good information from your blog articles.


    May 8, 2021 at 14:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. diabetes insulin cooler box

    Android phones and also tablets are splendid portable tools that can so much greater than breaking selfies and also uploading social media sites updates. With the best app, you can transform your Android devices right into a cinema, visuals design canvas, mobile workstation, or virtually anything else designed for job or play. Downloading and install the applications is easy; locating them is the difficulty. That's why we have actually actioned in to supply a assisting hand.


    May 9, 2021 at 03:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. 먹튀

    Hey there! I just want to offer you a big thumbs up for your great information you have here on this post. I will be returning to your website for more soon.


    May 9, 2021 at 06:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. insulin cooler usb

    Android phones and also tablets are splendid handheld tools that are capable of a lot greater than snapping selfies and also publishing social media sites updates. With the right app, you can change your Android gadgets right into a theater, graphic layout canvas, mobile workstation, or almost anything else created for job or play. Downloading and install the apps is very easy; finding them is the difficulty. That's why we have actually actioned in to offer a assisting hand.


    May 9, 2021 at 06:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. insulin cooler pen cap

    Android phones and also tablet computers are marvelous portable devices that are capable of so much more than breaking selfies as well as posting social media updates. With the best application, you can transform your Android tools right into a movie theater, graphic layout canvas, mobile workstation, or nearly anything else developed for work or play. Downloading the applications is easy; discovering them is the challenge. That's why we have actually actioned in to offer a assisting hand.


    May 9, 2021 at 07:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. car insurance hamilton ontario

    I am not sure where you're getting your information, but great topic.

    I needs to spend some time learning more or
    understanding more. Thanks for great info I was looking for this information for my mission.

    May 9, 2021 at 13:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. insulin cooler target

    Android phones as well as tablets are wonderful handheld devices that are capable of a lot greater than snapping selfies and uploading social networks updates. With the appropriate application, you can transform your Android tools into a movie theater, visuals style canvas, mobile workstation, or almost anything else created for job or play. Downloading the applications is simple; finding them is the difficulty. That's why we have actually actioned in to provide a aiding hand.


    May 9, 2021 at 20:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Marcelino Kadish

    Moreover, there is a possibility that some collectors will try to sell any local watch with hinged lugs as a Ristside.


    May 9, 2021 at 22:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. 먹튀검증

    I like it when individuals get together and share views. Great site, stick with it!


    May 9, 2021 at 23:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Jeremy Dagen

    Hey, I lately came to this internet site and I’ve visited it daily because that so that you can remain up to date. Maintain up the great function.


    May 9, 2021 at 23:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. 먹튀검증업체

    Good day! I simply would like to give you a huge thumbs up for the excellent information you have got right here on this post. I am returning to your web site for more soon.


    May 10, 2021 at 01:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. 먹튀사이트

    I have to thank you for the efforts you've put in penning this website. I am hoping to view the same high-grade content from you later on as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has encouraged me to get my very own blog now 😉


    May 10, 2021 at 04:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. braten

    I do trust all the ideas you have introduced for your post.
    They're very convincing and can definitely work. Still, the posts are very quick for novices.
    May just you please prolong them a bit from subsequent time?
    Thanks for the post.

    May 10, 2021 at 04:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. 먹튀검증

    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you writing this post and also the rest of the website is also very good.


    May 10, 2021 at 19:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. 먹튀

    You need to be a part of a contest for one of the greatest websites on the net. I'm going to recommend this site!


    May 10, 2021 at 22:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. 먹튀검증사이트

    Hi there, I do think your site may be having web browser compatibility problems. When I look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine however when opening in I.E., it's got some overlapping issues. I simply wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Other than that, excellent website!


    May 11, 2021 at 00:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. 먹튀검증사이트

    Having read this I believed it was really enlightening. I appreciate you spending some time and effort to put this article together. I once again find myself personally spending a lot of time both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile!


    May 11, 2021 at 04:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. 먹튀검증사이트

    Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this post and the rest of the site is extremely good.


    May 11, 2021 at 13:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. 먹튀검증사이트

    Good info. Lucky me I ran across your site by accident (stumbleupon). I have bookmarked it for later!


    May 11, 2021 at 14:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. 먹튀사이트

    May I simply say what a relief to uncover somebody who actually understands what they are talking about on the net. You definitely realize how to bring a problem to light and make it important. More people ought to look at this and understand this side of the story. I can't believe you are not more popular since you certainly possess the gift.


    May 11, 2021 at 15:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. 사설토토

    The very next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesn't fail me just as much as this one. After all, Yes, it was my choice to read, however I really believed you would have something helpful to say. All I hear is a bunch of complaining about something that you can fix if you were not too busy searching for attention.


    May 12, 2021 at 13:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. 토토사이트

    May I just say what a relief to find somebody that truly understands what they are discussing on the internet. You certainly understand how to bring a problem to light and make it important. More people have to look at this and understand this side of the story. I was surprised you're not more popular because you definitely possess the gift.


    May 13, 2021 at 16:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. 토토

    I blog often and I really appreciate your content. This great article has really peaked my interest. I will bookmark your website and keep checking for new information about once per week. I opted in for your Feed as well.


    May 13, 2021 at 19:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. 메이저사이트

    Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular post! It is the little changes which will make the largest changes. Many thanks for sharing!


    May 14, 2021 at 00:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. 사설토토

    That is a good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere. Simple but very precise infoÖ Thanks for sharing this one. A must read article!


    May 14, 2021 at 01:18 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39

Post a comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.