How much does surgery for appendicitis cost?

Anywhere from $15,000 to $18,000 (maybe even more) in the U.S. My 20-year old daughter had this procedure while in Nicaragua for a school program and the total cost--surgeon and hospital, including post-operation visits--came to under $1,400, yes, that's $1,400, in a private hospital. The insurance company was the beneficiary of this low cost, not us.