The cash price for repairing an uncomplicated inguinal hernia at a practice in Denver was $740 for the surgeon, $928 for the anesthesiologist, $2,456.42 for the surgery center, and $140 for the surgical mesh used to strengthen the hernia repair. The total was $4,264.42. And although insurer contract prices remain a deep, dark, secret until the bill arrives, several people in Denver who were experts at pushing paper suggested that these cash prices were significantly below the usual network prices.
The total cash price at the Surgery Center of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City was $3,060, including mesh and a consultation with a surgeon who patiently answered a series of questions. The difference between the price in Denver and the price in Oklahoma City was roughly $1,200.
The cost of roundtrip airfare for two from Denver to Oklahoma City is currently around $450. Two nights at a medium priced hotel is about $200 including breakfast, a rental car for three days would run around $140. Figure another $100 for food, $200 to kennel the dogs, and $36 for airport parking. This works out to $1,126.
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