is there any way to find out how much surgery would cost with no insurance?

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hekela
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   Posted 3/31/2008 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
just curious...

would it depend on the hospital, the surgeon etc?

are there ongoing costs at all?
29, happily married, stay at home mom to 2 year old son. due to have baby #2 9/17/08
UC (probably pancolitis, but no c-scope yet), diagnosed June 2006, started having major symptoms sometime in January 2006, about 3 months after childbirth. 2nd flare (minor) may 2007 after taking caprylic acid for 2 weeks.

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disco
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   Posted 3/31/2008 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know but I had an endoscopy while admitted to a hospital after being in the ER once with no insurance about 4 years about and it ended originally costing me about $8000

I negioted it down to $5000 payed about $2000 and than payed $100 a month of the balance for 3 years.
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toanova
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   Posted 3/31/2008 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   

I work for a healthcare system and each hospital and doctor will be different.  You should be able to call the hospital where you would want to have the surgery and get them to give you a price, same thing with docs.

If insurance is a concern they might be willing to work out some kind of payment arrangments.

Hope that helps.


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jujub
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   Posted 3/31/2008 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
If you're considering surgery, your doctor and hospital should be able to give you an estimate to help you decide. See if you can get a written estimate.

Make sure they know you don't expect to pay twice as much as insurance would pay for your care. Usually insurance pays somewhere between 40 and 70% of what is billed because of negotiated discounts.
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potty girl
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   Posted 3/31/2008 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been in the hospital a couple times without insurance and unfortunately the ones I was in only offers the discount if you are able to pay in full. If you have to make payments then you have to pay the full price. If you ask about price make sure they include everything in it, there is several different people that get paid. the Dr., the surgen, the person that puts you to sleep, the hospital, if there are x-rays who ever reads them, and it goes on and on.I was getting bills from people I didnt even see in the hospital. from people reading scans and x-rays to the people reading the blood work and the e.k.g. its amazing how many people are involved. down to who does the paper work. good luck. A lot of it depends on if they are employed by the hospital are if they are independent. and only useing the hospital facilities. They have it down to an art at getting the most money they can.
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ks1905
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   Posted 3/31/2008 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
The surgeon that I am planning on using when I am ready for surgery charges 15K for a J-pouch and he doesn't participate in any insurance plans. He told me there would be at least a 10 day hospital stay. My last hospital stay was 12 days and my insurance company with all of their discounts paid 53k for the 12 days. There will be other charges like the anesthesiologist. My surgery will hopefully be a 1-step jpouch laproscopically.

I would ask your question to the jpouch.org site, someone on there should be able to answer your question better than I can.

--Keith
DX'd with Pan-Colitis June 2005
Current Status: Flaring since May 2007
 
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disco
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   Posted 3/31/2008 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
what kind of doctor doesn't participate in any insurance plans? That sound REALLY shady to me.
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hekela
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   Posted 3/31/2008 11:22 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for all the info everyone!!
and i think i will ask over at jpouch.org as well. :)
29, happily married, stay at home mom to 2 year old son. due to have baby #2 9/17/08
UC (probably pancolitis, but no c-scope yet), diagnosed June 2006, started having major symptoms sometime in January 2006, about 3 months after childbirth. 2nd flare (minor) may 2007 after taking caprylic acid for 2 weeks.

-Prednisone 8/28/06-2/28/07. and again may '07, 8 week course.
-Prayer! asacol, probio, ground psyllium husk, prenatal, folic acid, cal-mag

may you live all the days of your life.


summerstorm
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   Posted 4/1/2008 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   
my hosptial bill was 20k for six days, that includes your meds and most of the tests. Then you have to pay the anethesoligst, which i think was about 1800. I had to pay the surgeon actually about 600.00 so that must not have been 15k. But i just had a perm ileo, which i think are cheaper
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