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How can I find out how much my surgery will cost me?

Joane Goodroe
Nursing
The cost for healthcare services can be very difficult information to obtain. If you have health insurance, ask your insurance carrier for help first. If you have a large deductible, it is important to understand an estimate of what you will owe. Before the surgery, speak with the hospital or outpatient center financial office and ask for a written estimate.  Some facilities provide forms online that allow you to request this information. Unfortunately, there are many facilities that are not organized to provide the cost of services. If you have a choice of facility, check with multiple places so that you can make the most informed decision. 
 
Not only is preparing for surgery stressful, it’s also outrageously expensive. That’s why doing your homework could save you a great deal of stress when the bills start to come in. Get in writing at least an estimate of the cost of the surgery, including hospital stay and follow-up therapy, and check with your insurance company to see how much of the surgery will be covered by your plan. Unforeseen expenses can create a considerable financial burden, so it’s best to know what you’ll have to pay ahead of time. 
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