Want to compare hospital costs in South Florida? Here’s how:

Want to compare hospital costs in South Florida? Here’s how:

The price tag for a hip or knee replacement at Baptist Health’s Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables is bound to cause sticker shock: $208,602, the highest charge for such a procedure at any South Florida medical facility.

A little farther north, the quoted price drops substantially for the same surgery: $65,120 at Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale. That’s about $12,000 less than the national average for a joint replacement with major complications, according to new data the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released this week.

The department’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services analyzed what 3,337 U.S. hospitals charge for the 100 most-common inpatient procedures covered by Medicare, based on the 2011 fiscal year.