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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: 1 year ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Dr.R.K replied 1 year 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 1 year ago.
So should this be a red flag for potential overbilling or fraud?
Expert:  Dr.R.K replied 1 year ago.
No idea why they are charging so much.
Customer: replied 1 year 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 1 year 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.