Kidney stone removal or lithotripsy: How much does it cost?

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Kidney stone removal or lithotripsy: How much does it cost?

(Updated 2022) Kidney stone removal, or lithotripsy, uses shock waves or lasers to break down stones in the kidney, gallbladder, or ureters. Procedure costs can vary. One of our community members shared several prices for treatment via our site, and we started a conversation. Let’s call the community member Michael from the Louisville, Ky. area.  […]

How much does a gall bladder removal cost? $1,111 or $13,975?

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How much does a gall bladder removal cost? $1,111 or $13,975?

(Updated 2022) A friend writes: “This year I underwent surgery to have my gall bladder removed.  As a recent retiree, I decided to pay a little more attention to both the services I received and their cost. I am fortunate to have great insurance that I receive through my last employer.  And I confess, that […]

The costs of surgery

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

  From the folks at medicalbillingandcoding.org, another entertaining infographic. Via: Medical Billing and Coding Resource Jeanne PinderJeanne 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. With Pinder at […]

Getting a price quote ahead of surgery

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

“How much should a knee replacement cost?” It’s a topic Dr. Blair Rhode writes about on an orthopedic surgery web site, about bringing a retail method to medical pricing. “If an uninsured patient went to a local hospital and asked to pay cash for a knee replacement, they would likely be quoted a number close to […]

Health-care stories: Uninsured, collapsed lung

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Health-care stories: Uninsured, collapsed lung

We’re inviting people to share their stories of the health-care marketplace. Here’s the first, as told to Juliet Linderman. Chris, photographer, 24, lives in New York City Chris is a 24-year-old freelance photographer living in New York City without health insurance. Two years ago, he was in Chelsea at a crowded networking event when he […]

The day: Costs of treatment and surgery, Canada, Medicare

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The day: Costs of treatment and surgery, Canada, Medicare

“Physicians don’t see the price tags and they never get the bill. Doctors are the true consumers of health care dollars, but the rules of economics falter when the consumers aren’t the ones that pay up. This disconnect is a fundamental cause of the uncontrollable inflation of health care costs in the US. Ignorance about […]