If you are uninsured get ready for a battle besides the one against the disease. Hospital quoted me $25,000 + surgeons fee + anesthesiologist + incidentals for an open prostatectomy and $45,000 + surgeons fee + anesthesiologist + incidentals for Da Vinci (got to pay for the robot). I wound up getting radiation through my urologist practice and they gave me a 30% disocount from their list. Total for radiation and oncologist was $37,000. The biopsy was $1250 at the uro's office. Add another $700 for pathology. Add $800 for anesthesia during the fiducial seed implants and $6,000 to the hospital for the same (about 7 hour stay). So to summarize:
open RP Est $25,000 +++
DaVinci RP Est $45,000 +++
Radiation and seed placement $43,800
For a comparison had I been insured under my previous employers plan the cost would have been 40% of the above and no copay. Medicare reimbursement is roughly one quarter to a third of the amount. So much for insurance companies "carrying" the uninsured. The doctors were very willing to work out a cost for cash at the time of service. The hospital finally told me that there was a 10% discount for cash after a great deal of haggling. Not to mention how condescending their attitude was and is. Told me that uninsured have a higher risk of non payment and I am standing there with my check book in hand. I could begin to curse here so I will get off the soap box.
Wilf, good luck with your treatment.