For my biopsy: my Urologist and the hospital billed Blue Cross $2,250, but BC paid less than $800 and I paid about
an additional $125. I contracted sepsis following the biopsy and was hosptialized in intensive care for sveral days and Blue Cross was billed $8,700 of which it paid $3,600, and I was billed for (and paid) $450 separately.
For the da Vinci prostate removal surgury: pre-surgical testing was billed to Blue Cross at approx. $2,000 and BC paid about
$1,000. I wasn't billed anything additionally. For the surgery and hospitalization afterwards Blue Cross was billed about
$63,000 and it paid approximately $30,000; I haven't been billed separately for a portion of this larger cost.
All of my testing and surgical procedures were performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, an affiliate of Northwestern University.
I'm grateful that I have excellent health care insurance as one of my empoyer-sponsored benefits, for which I pay a relatively small percentage of the monthly premium cost.
Age: 59 (58 at diagnosis - June, 2008)
April '08 PSA 4.8 ("free PSA" 7.9), up from 3.5 year prior
June '08 had biopsy, 2 days later told results positive but in less than 1% of sample
Developed sepsis 2 days post-biopsy, seriously ill in hospital for 3 days
Dr. recommended robotic removal using da Vinci
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
Dr. Robert Nadler, Urologist/Surgeon
Post-op Gleason's: 3+3, Tertiary 4
Bladder & Urethral: Free
Seminal vesicles: Not involved
Lymphatic/Vascular Invasion: Not involved
Tumor: T2c; Location: Bilateral; Volume: 20%
Catheter: Removed 12-days after surgery
Incontinent: Yes (getting better, though)
Combination of Cialis and MUSE (alprostadil) three times weekly started 9-27-08
Returned to work 9-29-08 (18-19 days post-op)
PSA test result, post-op, 10/08: 0.0