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Basik Lasik: Tips on Lasik Eye Surgery

Basic guide prepared by the Federal Trade Commission and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, updated Oct. 2008

Cataracts - Definition, Risk Factors, How Common are They?

Short overview of cataracts and useful links, by healthfinder.gov. Cites estimate that half of people ages 65 to 74 have cataracts. Describes two types of cataract surgery

Cataracts - Symptoms, Types of Surgery (NEI)

Definition and symptoms of cataracts; causes and risk factors, treatment and different types of surgery. Pictures show change in vision (example of blurry vision). By the US National Eye Institute, part of US National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Cost of LASIK Eye Surgery

Article discussing the cost of LASIK and other corrective eye surgery such as CK, Corneal inserts, PRK, LASEK. Average cost reported at $2207 per eye for laser vision correction in 2014. Presented by AllAboutVision, owned by commercial media publishers active in eye care journalism. Updated annually

Diagram of the Eye

See this large-scale drawing of the Eye from the National Eye Institute (part of NIH)

Eye Diseases (MedlinePlus)

Many eye topics covered such as eye exams, eyestrain and the computer, corneal transplants, cataracts, glaucoma, dry eyes, lazy eye, blepharoplasty, cornea transplant. See more MedlinePlus topics under E - Eye Injuries, Eye Infections, etc. or macular degeneration (M).

Trends in Organ Transplants 1990 to 2010 (pdf)

One-page summary of number of organ transplants and grafts, and 1-year patient survival rates, shows 16,898 kidney transplants were done in 2010. Survival rates (2009) for kidney patients were nearly 95%. Waiting list for kidneys neared 94,600. Liver transplants were 6291, with nearly 17,000 people waiting. Table 181 is in the Healthcare Utilization chapter, from Census.gov in 2012. Only Excel format is available; no longer updated

Where Can I Find Cost Information on Eye Procedures?

See the American Hospital Directory - Outpatient Charges for cataract and lens insert - a high-volume outpatient (ambulatory) surgery procedure. In addition, some state governments (e.g. Vermont) or hospital associations post the average charge for cataract surgery by hospital or surgery center name, with side-by-side facility comparisons. Medicare data in the General Costs for Ambulatory Surgery category may also give you a rough idea of the cost.

See also Consumer Health Ratings - Ratings, Report Cards and Credentials - Compare Quality  Editor's Pick

See our main page for public reporting of quality ratings and comparisons for individual hospitals, nursing homes, health insurance plans, and other health care services. Check your physician's credentials and doctor's license in this category

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AMA: 271 Clinical Performance Measures for Physicians, 2012 (pdf)  Editor's Pick

The American Medical Association's Consortium for Performance Improvement has agreed on 271 measures in 42 clinical topics, that are supported by evidenced-based clinical guidelines. Topics include diabetes, asthma, COPD, heart care, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, stroke, pneumonia, emergency care, prenatal testing, cancer screening, smoking, prostate cancer care, ear and eye problems, depression, surgical infection prevention, GERD, end-stage renal disease, chronic kidney disease, substance abuse, wound care and more. Written for medical professionals, but consumers might learn something about appropriate physician care

Ambulatory Surgery Average Charges in U.S. Hospitals, 2007  Editor's Pick

Find average prices (mean charge) for about 80 outpatient ambulatory surgery procedures done in hospitals in 2007 (excluding surgeon's or other physician fees.) Average colonoscopy & biopsy price was $2369; upper GI endoscopy $3131; cataract & lens was $4870; tonsillectomy $5286; knee cartilage $7357; hernia repair $8187; outpatient gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy) $10,838; breast biopsy $3863; lumpectomy $7458; ear tube surgery (myringotomy) $3547; D&C $6366; arthroscopy $8970; incontinence procedures $9929; vericose veins $8459; bunionectomy $7699; wrist fracture $7807; $4770 for circumcision. Consumers will need to adjust the 2007 prices to estimate 2010 facility costs; 2007 prices for many surgeries were up 25% to 41 percent over 2003 prices. Overall average was $6100, compared to nearly $40,000 for inpatient surgery. AHRQ Statistical Brief # 86 is based on 28 states (2/3 of US population) published February 2010

Average Medicare Payments for Hospital Outpatient Services

Average 2014 Medicare costs for certain outpatient procedures commonly performed in hospitals, listed by county and state, as well as US overall average Medicare payment. Files are detailed and complicated, not user-friendly.

Cost of an Office Visit, 2013 (MEPS)

Average cost paid (payments) for an office-based physician visit in 2013 was $228. For primary care (family medicine, internists and general practice) the average was$166. Pediatrics came in at $161; psychiatry at $143,Derm at $221, OB/GYN was $227 per visit. Specialists in Ophthalmology were $253, but Orthopedics and Cardiology jumped to $302 and 303 respectively. Other specialists (as a group) averaged $310. Median or typical expenses were considerably lower at $108 overall, and $103 for primary care, $100 for psychiatry and ranging up to $124 median for dermatology. Mean out of pocket expense for primary care was $42 for primary care, if the patient had some responsibility. Statistical Brief #484, pub. Nov. 2015 by AHRQ using MEPS data

Florida Outpatient Surgery Prices & Visit Volume (2012 data)

Compare hospitals and ambulatory surgery volumes and range of charges (average cost is not shown) for common adult and pediatric outpatient surgery procedures, by hospital or surgical center name. Includes arthroscopy, cataracts, laser eye procedures, cardiac catheterization, pacemaker, upper GI & lower GI endoscopy, colonoscopy, hernia repair, hysteroscopy, tonsil removal, lithotripsy, skin biopsy, bunion removal, pediatric circumcision and more. You might be surprised to find outpatient hernia repair prices averaged $7955 to $18,674, but individual hospitals ranged from $1000 to $52,000 (ages 18 to 64, Level 1); Level 2 common range was $11,000 to $24,000. FloridaHealthFinder.gov 2011-2012 data

Guide to Clinical Preventive Services 2015  Editor's Pick

Recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for 95 Screening tests, Preventive Medication, and Counseling activities. Sample Topics: Screening Mammography at age 50, Cancer (e.g. which is more cost effective - colonoscopy or fecal occult blood testing for colorectal cancer?), recommended screening for bladder cancer or skin cancer, Heart Disease (including aspirin for prevention), smoking cessation, screening for depression in children, diabetes screening, folic acid supplements, glaucoma screening, osteoporosis, COPD and spirometry

How much does an organ transplant cost? (2011)

Get ready to see some large numbers for the average charges of an organ transplant in 2011 dollars. Kidney transplant estimated at $262,000 for the entire process, including surgeon fees and drugs. Liver transplant at $523,000. Summary table of costs shown. Links to more detailed report by Milliman (shows cornea charges estimated at $24,400, autologous bone marrow transplant at $363,800, double lung at $797k, and liver at $577k. Multiple organ transplants easily top an estimated $1 million.) By Transplant Living, a project of the nonprofit United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), organization that maintains the national Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) under contract with HRSA

Illinois Hospital and Ambulatory Surgery Center Ratings and Prices (IDPH)

Compare IL hospitals on heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical infection prevention, knee arthroscopy, cardiac surgery, safety measures, infection rates, some survival information, patient satisfaction, more. See volume and 2015 median charges (closest you'll get to average cost) for selected types of inpatients (e.g. birth, c-section, appendectomy, COPD, gall bladder), and outpatients at ambulatory surgery centers (such as bunionectomy, hernia repair, colonoscopy, lens, lumpectomy, tonsillectomy). May get a full report for one hospital at a time, or one measure at a time for multiple hospitals side-by-side, with state averages. Hospital Report Card by IL Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) for all IL cities incl. Chicago area, Peoria, Rockford, Springfield, Champaign. Updated 2017, using 2015 data

Iowa - Average Price for Ambulatory Surgery 2011

Learn about average price for IA hospital-based ambulatory outpatient surgery, before adding surgeon fee or other professional charges. Upper GI endoscopy $4,358; Colonoscopy averages up to $4440; cataract $5163; Tonsillectomy $6082; laparoscopic gall bladder removal averages $11k to $13,000 in hospital charges. 30 procedures listed (scroll to bottom of report) from Iowa Hospital Association April 2012

Iowa Hospital Inpatient Charges Compare

Iowa Hospital Charges Compare provides information about volumes and average 2010-2011 charges (amount billed) at IA hospitals. Select one hospital to begin. Site allows 4 hospitals to be compared at one time for prices, length of stay, number of cases and more. Must select city first, then body system before finding the procedure. Provided by the Iowa Hospital Association, this is a starting point for comparing average cost of care between Iowa hospitals. Compare typical prices for surgery such as gall bladder removal, bowel surgery, knee joint replacement; childbirth and newborns, pneumonia, stroke, heart care, transplants, COPD, psych, rehab, and most medical conditions. Severity of illness can be specified. Consumers will need to inflate old prices to estimate current charges

Medicare Ambulatory Surgery Charges - 13 Other Commonly Performed Procedures (2010)

See this second file for 13 more procedure prices and discounts to Medicare. This file covers Ambulatory Surgery Center facility charges and Medicare payments for selected outpatient surgery such as breast biopsy (example: $3660 national average breast biopsy charge, with Medicare allowing $444, and paying $349 - over 90% discount), surgical change of stomach tube, prostate needle biopsy (CPT code 55700 $1599 average charge, $396 allowable; $310 average cost paid), nerve blocks, cataract removal & lens insertion ($3135 charge, $953 allowed), cancer screen colon scope for high risk patients, and more. Does not include physician fees. Confusing file unless you know CPT codes. This is the best of what's out there nationally, with state and county average charges. 2009 data published Aug. 20, 2010

Medspeak - What did my doctor say? (MLA)

The Medical Library Association describes Medspeak as the special language of health professionals. This site explains and defines common healthcare terms, so you can better understand your doctors and staff

Minnesota - Hospital Price Check (Inpatient & Outpatient)

Hospital-specific prices (charges) for the 50 most common inpatient hospitalizations (DRGs) and top 25 same-day surgery procedures in MN. Find average or median inpatient cost, volume and length of stay for newborns and child birth delivery, pneumonia, chest pain, COPD, hip or knee replacement, appendectomy, cellulitis, hysterectomy, rehab, other surgeries & many more. Outpatient prices for biopsies, cataracts, colonoscopy, ear tubes, gallbladder, hernia repair, arthroscopy, tonsillectomy, upper GI endoscopy, hysteroscopy, carpal tunnel and other same-day surgery. Must know the County in order to select which hospital's prices you want. See one hospital and one procedure at a time; by Minnesota Hospital Association, 2010 prices

PriceDoc - Prices for Cosmetic, Dental, Vision or Medical Procedures

PriceDoc service launched in 2009 allows consumers to compare provider prices (cost for cash-paying customers) for 1800 dentists and physicians (a small fraction of the more than a 1 million doctors in the US). Search by zip code. Network appears to be largest for dentists, plastic surgeons (e.g. liposuction), eye care (e.g. lasik surgery). Buyer beware if details such as facility fee or radiologist charges are not disclosed. Similarly, there are multiple types of colonoscopy, but descriptions are not offered. Consumers may ask PriceDoc to find a nearby provider for a price the consumer considers affordable and is willing to pay. Started by entrepreneurs and investment bankers

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2016: Ophthalmology (Eye)

Twelve hospitals listed for eye surgery, ranked using reputation scores only, no clinical outcomes data were examined (except what individual physicians responding to the survey had investigated on their own). Bascom Palmer in Miami and Wills Eye/Thomas Jefferson in Philadelphia top US News & World Report's 2016-17 list of best hospital Ophthalmology programs

Vermont - Hospital Outpatient Surgery Prices, 2013 (pdf)

Table 2A lets you compare average gross charge (the closest you will get to average cost) for most common outpatient surgical procedures at 14 general hospitals in VT. Prices for procedures such as carpal tunnel ($4241), cataract surgery (average $5720), endoscopy ($2671), bladder endoscopy $1419, knee cartilage surgery ($6609 average), shoulder surgery (18,580), gall bladder removal (average $11,631, range $8404 to $25,707 for laparoscopy), breast biopsy (avg. $4038), other biopsies, ear tubes (average $3044), tonsillectomy (about $5900), nerve block ($1717), bunion removal (range $6276 to $17,348), nonsurgical skin treatments (avg $2356), hernia repair $9191, and many more procedures; 12-month avg. charges ending Sept. 30, 2013, DO NOT include the surgeon or other physician fees. As with all of Vermont's reports, the font size is about as small as you can get. More than two years old. Table 2B shows how many of those procedures the hospital did

Wisconsin - Ambulatory Surgery Facility Charges, 2014

Average 2014 charges in WI for 20 common ambulatory surgery procedures, such as Colonoscopy (6 codes), Endoscopy, Biopsy, Spinal Injection, Cataract & Lens ($7455 hospital average), outpatient Knee surgery/arthroscopy ($12,191), Carpal Tunnel ($6279), Ear Tubes, and more. Volumes for each hospital and surgical center are shown for top 20 only. Go to Chapter VI, Table 28 for a longer list of procedures including gall bladder removal (cholecystectomy). Prices do NOT include surgeon and physician fees, which may cost thousands of dollars and could double prices shown. Consumers should add inflation to estimate 2016 facility prices. Scroll to bottom of page for Chapters VI and VII Ambulatory Surgery, published by WHA Information Center 2015

Wisconsin PricePoint - Outpatient & Ambulatory Surgery Cost

Compare outpatient and ambulatory surgery volume and charges for colonoscopy, cataracts, eardrum surgery, shoulder or knee surgery, carpal tunnel surgery, removal of tonsils & adenoids, appendectomy, breast biopsy, endoscopy, gallbladder (cholecystectomy), upper GI, heart catheterization and more. Compare hospitals and surgical centers. Typical (median) price in county and statewide Wisconsin median prices shown for 2016-2017. Prices exclude surgeon and other doctors' fees which may double the numbers you see here

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