It may not feel like it sometimes, but some health care costs in Fresno are actually cheaper than in other parts of the state. That's according to a new report by a consumer watchdog group.
The average price tag for getting a common surgery done in Fresno is almost half the state average. For example, the average cost for a C-section in San Mateo County is $48,000. In Fresno, the same surgery costs about $13,000. Knee replacement surgery typically costs $46,800 in Fresno. In Alameda County, that surgery can cost $127,500.
Researchers say an area's cost of living may dictate what people pay for surgery. In other words, hospitals often charge what they think a patient can afford.
The study was also quick to point out that, while health care costs in Fresno may be comparatively low, in 2009 Californians spent an average of $6,238 per person on health care. That's 70% more than Californians spent 10 years ago.