consumer perspective – cost of inguinal hernia repair surgery – First steps.
I’ll be undergoing this procedure later this week and reviewing costs is part of the process.
I understand that hernia surgery is routine. I called the hospital, surgeons office and insurance company. As I just summarized for a friend:
Hospital says $18,385. Surgeons office says $1450. Insurance company says don’t worry, the most you will pay is $5k. Why is it that I feel like the mafia is running healthcare? There is truth in all those numbers. What is the truth exactly?
I expect I will get a bill like I got for my colonoscopy. Horrifying billed cost, miraculous adjustment from insurance company but still a high bottomline relative to the rest of the country.