How much does arthroscopy cost? $4,950 in New York City, and $3,740 in Oklahoma.
How much does childbirth and delivery cost? $2,750 in Texas.
How much does a knee replacement cost? $13,500 (that’s a partial replacement).
How much does a gall bladder removal cost? How much does carpal tunnel release surgery cost?
Find out here. These providers are posting online cash prices.
So, how much does arthroscopy cost?
Regency Healthcare in New York City has started offering cash prices for surgery on its website: wrist, elbow or knee arthroscopy, $4,950. Carpal tunnel release: $4,250.
Generally an orthopedic practice, and outpatient facility, the center lists prices on the site as “all inclusive” with a disclaimer: “These prices are not applicable for those with commercial or government based health insurance plans.”
“We offer the latest medical treatments for cash pay patients in need of surgical services but are uninsured or members of self-funded insurance plans. Our direct to consumer prices offer a revolutionary alternative to hospital based procedures which are marked up exponentially. At our outpatient surgical facility, patients receive the highest caliber care. The prices listed on our site are not a ‘special’ or a ‘discounted rate.’ Rather, these prices reflect an affordable option for cash pay patients, self-funded plans and small businesses in NYC.”
(We’ve e-mailed and called them, but have yet to hear back.)
How much does gall bladder removal cost?
Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, Texas, has a cash pricing program. An office visit is $85; vaginal delivery $2,750 (with sterilization and/or D&C, $3,500).
How much is a knee replacement a hip replacement? That would fall under major joint replacement, $12,000, anesthesia included.
How much is a gall bladder removal? $4,400.
Here’s the full Good Shepherd Medical Center price list.
“The Cash Pricing Program at Good Shepherd seeks to offer patients without insurance the same reasonable pricing rates that are available to those who have insurance coverage. This program offers patients a way to pay their health care bill without going heavily into debt for services such as emergency room visits, X-rays and joint replacement surgery. Anyone can choose to pay cash under this program. If the bill is less than $1,000 dollars, the patient must pay half of the cash price when medical services are received. The other half must be paid within 30 days. For bills that exceed $1,000, the patient agrees to pay the remainder within 90 days or the bill will revert to the full medical service charge. The program offers cash prices on every medical procedure at Good Shepherd Medical Center. This program reflects Good Shepherd Medical Center’s commitment to providing innovative solutions to health care billing and quality health care to all patients.”
In Oklahoma, the prices are different
For context, the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, which we have written about before (here’s our blog post), also offers cash pricing: Arthroscopy of the knee, ankle or elbow is $3,740.
If you haven’t seen this, here’s the full Surgery Center of Oklahoma price list.
Their gall bladder removal? $5,865.
The small print: “The prices for the procedures listed on this website include the facility fee, the surgeon’s fee and the anesthesiologist’s fee. The initial consultation with the surgeon is also included, as is uncomplicated follow-up care. The duration of postoperative care is different for each surgical procedure. Therefore, your surgeon will inform you at the initial consultation the amount of postoperative care covered by the price. The $200 initial consultation fee is applied to the total cost of the procedure should surgery be indicated. If surgery is not indicated the $200 will be retained by us. Our goal is for the price to be as transparent as possible. A list of what is NOT included in the fee is as follows: Any diagnostic studies necessary prior to the surgery such as lab, MRI, X-rays, consultations with specialists to determine medical risk/management, physical therapy and rehabilitation.”
We’ve noticed a number of such price lists springing up online. The prices quoted are said to be all-inclusive, except in cases listed in the fine print. We don’t know of any people who have used the services of these hospitals and surgical centers. If you have, let us know: info (at) clearhealthcosts (dot) com.
Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded ClearHealthCosts.
She was previously a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism. ClearHealthCosts has won grants from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York; the International Women’s Media Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC in Los Angeles; the Lenfest Foundation in Philadelphia for a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer; and the New York State Health Foundation for a partnership with WNYC public radio/Gothamist in New York; and other honors.
Her TED talk about fixing health costs has surpassed 2 million views.