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Is there flexibility in the price of surgery?

It depends. To the extent you are covered by insurance, such as Medicare or through an HMO, the price has already been set. If you have regular health insurance, then your insurance company will typically pay the usual and customary charges of the surgeon. If you are paying out of pocket, then it is reasonable to discuss those costs with your doctor. You can also discuss how to pay. Some surgeon’s offices will arrange for monthly billing rather than requiring you to pay all at once.

Ultimately, the choice of a surgeon is an exercise not only in finding the right person to operate, but who will pull together all the other pieces of the picture—the staff, the directives, the method, and location of the operation—in a way that is best for you.
 

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