How much does childbirth and delivery cost? For her, it was $3,318.18. And the baby paid $2,780.56.

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How much does childbirth and delivery cost? For her, it was $3,318.18. And the baby paid $2,780.56.

What is the cost of childbirth? One community member reported paying $2,418.38 for antepartum care, vaginal delivery and postpartum care, and $899.80 for the hospital part of the experience. I asked for more details 1. This was the entire bill for antepartum, delivery and postpartum care? Also, did they ask for installments before, or was […]

How much does a blood pressure check with a physician’s assistant cost, $25 or $464?

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How much does a blood pressure check with a physician’s assistant cost, $25 or $464?

A blood pressure check and medication adjustment with a physician’s assistant costs $464? How can that be? The share was from New Orleans, and the provider is University Medical Center, a part of LCMC Health, the big New Orleans chain. “University Medical Center charged a $308 ‘facility fee’ and after insurance discounts I’m out of […]

How much does an emergency room visit cost? Or how to successfully argue a bill

How much does an emergency room visit cost? Or how to successfully argue a bill

His kid was treated at the emergency room at Children’s Medical Center – Plano, Tex., he told us when he shared his experience on our website. The charge was $1,770; insurance paid nothing, and he was asked to pay $1,501.24. His remark: ‘Waited six hours. Very expensive treatment for a kid’s tummyache.” I asked him […]

How much does a hip replacement cost? $95,459.83 or $77,967? Or $63,604?

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How much does a hip replacement cost? $95,459.83 or $77,967? Or $63,604?

(Updated 2022) How much does a hip replacement cost, $95,459.83 or $77,967? Or $63,604? A friend had a hip replacement recently, and she sent over her bill. What’s interesting to us is, among other things, the Hospital for Special Surgery bill and the Cigna bill don’t add up. Cigna reports that it was billed $95,459.83; […]

How much does a salpingectomy for an ectopic pregnancy cost?

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How much does a salpingectomy for an ectopic pregnancy cost?

A community member shared one price — anesthesia during treatment for an ectopic pregnancy. We asked for details, and she said: 1. This was the bill from the anesthesiologist during a salpingectomy I had. It was an emergency surgery that arose from an ER visit. I was discharged the same day. 2. I have healthcare […]

How much does a CT scan cost? $267, or $1,497, or $8,010?

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How much does a CT scan cost? $267, or $1,497, or $8,010?

(Updated 2022) There should be a law against this. This person had a CT scan and was charged a hefty fee. What does a CT scan cost? Well, $267 or $1,497, or $8,010? Look here and here and here on our blog. To find out what stuff costs in advance, look at this blog post: […]

How much does a breast biopsy cost, $1,000 or $2,342? She saved $1,842

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How much does a breast biopsy cost, $1,000 or $2,342? She saved $1,842

(Updated 2022) A community member shared this regarding what a breast biopsy cost her: PROCEDURE: 77031 Stereotact guide for brst bx PRICES: CHARGED: 1000.0 INSURED: 500.0 PAID: 500.0 REPORT DATE: 2019-03-01 SHARE DATE: 2019-03-01 22:54:27 UTC HOSPITAL: Houston Medical Imaging INSURER: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas OTHER INSURER: An employer INPUT BY: xxxxx PHONE: […]

How much does platelet rich plasma cost? $400 or $5,000?

How much does platelet rich plasma cost? $400 or $5,000?

A friend writes about the cost of platelet rich plasma: Re shopping for procedure costs, I have learned that one the hard way. I have a torn rotator cuff, which I went to Hospital for Special Surgery to have repaired. The surgeon insisted that, prior to surgery, he required that I get an “experimental” shot […]

How much does IVIG (IV immunoglobulin) cost?

How much does IVIG (IV immunoglobulin) cost?

By Morgan Gleason (Article contributed by patient advocate Morgan Gleason) I am thinking that we might really need to just burn the healthcare system to the ground and completely start over. Although I am pretty experienced with healthcare, the financial piece is one that I haven’t really been as involved in since I am still […]