Some Anchorage Pediatricians Protest Hospital Fee

Some Anchorage pediatricians are protesting hospital charges for infant circumcisions that they believe are too high

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ANCHORAGE - Some Anchorage pediatricians are protesting hospital charges for infant circumcisions that they believe are too high.
   
Doctors with Anchorage Pediatric Group have stopped doing the procedure at Alaska Regional Hospital.
   
About a year ago, Dr. Charles Ryan found out the hospital was charging more than $2,000 for the procedure, compared with $235 at Providence Hospital a few miles away. Ryan called Regional's price "wildly abnormal."
   
A spokeswoman for Regional says the cost is so high in part because the hospital must be ready to treat minor and major medical emergencies. She also pointed out insurance companies and uninsured families can negotiate better rates.
   
Ryan believes Regional is a good hospital. But he says this example highlights the fact that doctors should become better informed on hospital prices.