A bill from the Community Hospital of Beloit, Kansas, for a patient with appendicitis:
Adjusting for inflation since 1932 the cost in today’s dollars would be $2,265.49.
This does not include the surgeon’s fee.
Not that you can expect to pay anything like that to today’s Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems. And there’s this, from five years ago:
[T]he charges for treating appendicitis at hospitals in California ranged from about $1,500 to more than $182,000.
Moreover, patients usually have no idea what their bill will be when they enter the hospital, said study researcher Dr. Renee Hsia, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. And those who provide care are usually unaware of how much their treatment recommendations cost, Hsia said.
What’s changed since then? Only the prices, which are higher.