U.S. insurance study charts huge price gaps for hip, knee surgery

January 21, 2015 4:13 PM

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hip and knee replacements, two of the fastest-growing U.S. medical procedures, are subject to huge - and apparently random - price variations within the same geographical areas, a new insurance industry study said on Wednesday.

The study by Blue Cross Blue Shield [BCBSFL.UL] health insurers adds to the evidence of massive disparities between what different hospitals and medical practices charge in the world's most expensive healthcare system.

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