I'd recommend finding out what Medicare pays for this procedure, including paying the anesthesiologist, the surgeon, and the facility fee. Then use that dollar amount as a basis for negotiation of the cost with the business/billing offices for each (doctors, facility). Also ask about
charity help (many hospitals have moneys available for this but you have to ask - they won't volunteer this info). Also ask about
interest-free payment plans. See the following link for more info:
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