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My 7 year old son is getting circumcised in the local childrens

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My 7 year old son is getting circumcised in the local childrens hospital. The doctor, anesthesiolgist, and nurse, and Operating Room are $17,500. Is this normal costing?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Dr.R.K replied 10 months ago.
Hi,Thanks for posting your query.I am Dr.R.K and I am pleased to assist you. $17500 for circumcision looks too costly.The average cost ( that includes doctors/nurse/operating room charges) is about $1500-$2000.Regards,Dr.R.K,
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
So should this be a red flag for potential overbilling or fraud?
Expert:  Dr.R.K replied 10 months ago.
No idea why they are charging so much.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Is there any reason to classify circumcision as "plastic surgery"? The quote the Urologist sent to the insurance company described it as plastic surgery, and necessary.
Expert:  Dr.R.K replied 10 months ago.
There is no medical necessity for a circumcision except when there is tight phimosis or a paraphimosis. Most of the times it is purely done for cosmetic reasons and not for medical reasons. That might be reason.