Visit To The Orthapedist

11/21/2008 9:00AM

They can’t tell me how much the surgery will cost. For all intense and purposes I don’t have insurance that will cover the surgery, it is considered elective! Given that fact I need to know how much the bill would be to determine if it is something that I want to do. They can’t tell me the price, including tax title and tag! How can you make a decision without knowing the cost? The frustrating thing for me is that I am going to make a decision not based on the best treatment for me but purely based on economics! Anyway a new splint and a decision of whether to have surgery or not. My first doctor preferred the non operative approach, the other doctor seemed to be pushing to have the surgery.

But I am a contract worker so I if I am not working I don’t get paid, so the true cost is the procedure plus lost work time, arrgh!!

2 Responses to “Visit To The Orthapedist”

  1. dennis Says:

    surfingpilot - Hi. Here’s a post about health care costs. This should give you some sense of how much you should expect to pay for the surgery.
    http://achillesblog.com/tomtom/2008/04/10/cost-of-health-care/

    I’ve also seen other posts about cost of health care, so do a search from the main site.

    Here’s some helpful information about surgery vs. non-operative treatment:
    http://achillesblog.com/atr-rehab-protocols/

    Typically, if you are active/healthy then it’s probably better to go with surgery.
    I hope this helps! best of luck!

  2. Mike Erickson Says:

    Initially, I was confused after reading your post but when I read it from research paper help perspective so I got the real theme of the post. This is really well done.

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