How much does kidney stone removal (lithotripsy) cost? One man’s surgery shopping experience

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

How much does kidney stone removal (lithotripsy) cost? One man’s surgery shopping experience

A community member shared several prices for kidney stone treatment via our site. I asked him what was up, and we started a conversation. This is what resulted. Let’s call him Michael from the Louisville, Ky., area. Before we start, though, I want to note that a system requiring someone like Michael to go to […]

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 […]