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Basics on Lasik: Tips on Lasik Eye Surgery

Basic guide on lasik surgery prepared by the Federal Trade Commission and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, updated 2012

Cataracts – Symptoms, video (NEI)

Definition and symptoms of cataracts; causes and risk factors, treatment and surgery. Video explains more. 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 PRK, SMILE and refractive lens exchange. Average cost reported at $2,246 per eye for laser vision correction in 2019. 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 in sidebar :- Eye Injuries, Eye Infections or Macular Degeneration

LASIK Eye Surgery

Summary of important information about lasik surgery – which some people call Laser Surgery – to reduce the need for glasses or contact lenses. Read about what to expect, the risks, FDA-approved lasers, finding the right doctor and avoiding slick advertising. Glossary of terms such as Keratotomy, PRK, lens, Astigmatism. Updated 2018. Check our Cost section for ambulatory surgery prices to see if your state reports the average cost for Lasik procedures

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.

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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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Ambulatory Surgery Average Charges in U.S. Hospitals, 2007

Find average prices for about 80 outpatient ambulatory surgery procedures done in hospitals in 2007 (excluding surgeon’s or other physician fees.) Average colonoscopy & biopsy price then 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 2019 costs; add at least 40% for a rough estimate. Overall average was $6100, compared to nearly $40,000 for inpatient surgery. AHRQ Statistical Brief #86 published February 2010 unfortunately still has not been updated. No longer Editor’s Pick

Consumer Guide to Prevention – USPSTF Recommendations Editor's Pick

Recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for more than 100 Screening tests, Preventive Medication, and Counseling activities. Individual Consumer Guides for all different types of cancer, obesity, high blood pressure, speech and language disorders, hearing loss, chronic kidney disease, depression, diabetes, abdominal aortic aneurysm, sexually transmitted disease, osteoporosis, and much more. Counseling for alcohol misuse, diet and physical activity. Updated 2019. the USPSTF is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. Updated 2019

Cost of an Office Visit (MEPS)

MEPS provides the average and median cost for an office visit. Average cost paid (payments) for an office-based physician visit in 2016 was $265 (about $283 in 2019 with medical inflation). For primary care (family medicine, internists and general practice) the 2016 average was $186. Pediatrics came in at $169; psychiatry at $159, Dermatology at $268, OB/GYN was $280 per visit. Specialists in Ophthalmology were $307, but Orthopedics and Cardiology jumped to $419 and 335 respectively. Other specialists (as a group) averaged $365. Median or typical expenses were considerably lower at $116 overall, and $107 for primary care, $103 for psychiatry and ranging up to $134 median for ophthalmology and orthopedics. Mean out of pocket expense was highest for ophthalmology ($125) and lowest for pediatrics ($40). Primary care was $50 average out of pocket, if the patient had some responsibility. Statistical Brief # 517, pub. October 2018 by AHRQ using MEPS data

Florida Outpatient Surgery Prices & Visit Volume (2018 data) Editor's Pick

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 $10,413 to $26.585, but individual hospitals ranged from $945 (Florida Medical Clinic in Tampa) to a high charge over $72,000 at Palms of Pasadena in St. Petersburg (ages 18 to 64, Level 1). Cataract procedures at the highest volume center (University of Miami Hospital Bascom Palmer Eye Institute) listed charges from nearly $17,000 to over $19,000. The second largest center, St. Luke’s Surgical Center in Tarpon Springs, did cataract procedures for $1400 (ages 18-64). Might be worth asking about price before you schedule the surgery. Links to inspection reports. FloridaHealthFinder.gov 2017-2018 data. Editor’s Pick.

How much does an organ transplant cost? (2017)

How much does an organ transplant cost in the US?  Get ready to see some large numbers for the average charges of an organ transplant in 2017 dollars. The most common transplant – cornea – averages $30,200 in estimated billed charges. Kidney transplant estimated at $414,800 (up from $262,000 in 2011) for the entire process, including surgeon fees and drugs. Summary table of costs shown. Read the detailed report by Milliman (shows autologous bone marrow transplant at $409,600, bone marrow-allogenic at $892,700, double lung at $1,190,700 and liver at $812,500. Multiple organ transplants easily top an estimated $1 million, or $2.5M for heart-lung or kidney-heart.) 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. Published August 2017.

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 2016 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). Prices may be found under the SERVICES tab. 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 2018, using 2016 data

Iowa – Average Price for Ambulatory Surgery 2018

Compare average prices for ambulatory outpatient surgery at IA hospitals, before adding surgeon fee or other professional charges. 2018 prices. Check one procedure at a time. Average charge billed last year for Upper GI endoscopy was between $6000 and $6900; Diagnostic Colonoscopy averaged $4,941 excluding physician fees; simple cataract $7442 to $8201; Tonsillectomy over age 11 $10,896; one ear tube $10,265; shoulder surgery $20k to $23,000; laparoscopic gall bladder removal averaged $17k in hospital charges; inguinal hernia repair (laparoscopic) averaged over $21,000. Individual hospitals shown if they have enough volume. From Iowa Hospital Association

Iowa Hospital Inpatient Charges Compare

Iowa Hospital Charges Compare provides information about volumes and average 2018 charges (amount billed) and median charge at IA hospitals. This site is for consumers who want to find the average cost of surgery or other inpatient services. 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,rehab, and many medical conditions. Severity of illness can be specified. Limited focus to one service and category at a time. Average cost (and median charges) across the state are also shown for each procedure.

Medicare Ambulatory Surgery Allowed Costs – 25 Commonly Performed Procedures

See this file for 25 procedure payments by Medicare and what they considered the Allowed Amount. This file shows average amounts Medicare paid to Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) facilities for selected outpatient surgery such as spinal injection (example: CPT code 62311 Medicare allowed $377, and paid $297), knee arthroscopy (CPT 29881 $1631 allowed), prostate needle biopsy (CPT code 55700 $670 average allowable cost; $530 average cost paid), simple cataract removal & lens insertion ($1679 allowed; Medicare paid $1339), bunion correction ($1825 allowed), crushing kidney stones ($2330 allowed), large bowel endoscopy ($586 allowed, plus $671 for removal of polyps), and more. Includes physician fees and payment to the ASC. Confusing file unless you know CPT codes and can use Excel files. Actual prices or charges are not shown. This is the best of what’s out there nationally, with state average charges. Old 2012 data published Sept. 2013

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 all inpatient hospitalizations (described in medical terms) and top 25 same-day surgery procedures in MN. Find average and median inpatient cost (before discounts) and volume 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 (cholecystectomy), hernia repair, arthroscopy, tonsillectomy, upper GI endoscopy, hysteroscopy, carpal tunnel and other same-day surgery. Compare 3 hospitals, one procedure at a time; excludes doctor charges; by Minnesota Hospital Association, 2017 prices and volumes of cases

Oregon Hospital Guide to Costs

Compare up to 3 hospitals at a time on 2016 costs paid by commercial insurance companies or patient-paid amounts. Median amounts paid (not charges) are shown for 100 most common outpatient procedures and 50 most common inpatient procedures. Medicare and Medicaid are excluded. Includes maternity & newborn payments, heart care, stents, cardiac cath, hip and knee replacement, many surgery payments such as cataracts, hernia, hysterectomy, kidney removal, gall bladder, breast biopsy, carpal tunnel, mastectomy, tonsillectomy, endoscopy, shoulder surgery, appendectomy. Amounts paid for CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, x-ray and ultrasound; chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Site by the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) to meet state requirements. Hospitals also list their financial performance measures for 2017 at this website.

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2018: 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 2018-19 list of best hospital Ophthalmology programs

Vermont – Hospital Outpatient Surgery Prices, 2017 (pdf)

What does ambulatory surgery cost in in Vermont? See Section called Pricing, Charges by Hospital. 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 cataract surgery (average $6074), upper GI endoscopy ($5420), knee cartilage surgery ($9520 average), arthrocentesis joint aspiration ($700), gall bladder removal (average $13,484), breast biopsy (avg. $4213), other biopsies, ear tubes (average $3530), tonsillectomy ($6948), pacemaker ($9254), bunion removal (12,114 avg), colonoscopy $3694 average; range $1575 at Northwestern Medical Center to $5169 at North Country Hospital; hernia repair $12,000; excision of skin lesion $2417; fetal monitoring cost $784; circumcision cost $4239; outpatient hysterectomy $21,995; peritoneal dialysis ($10,575), and many more procedures. 12-month avg. charges ending Sept. 30, 2017, 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. About two years old, published 2019. Table 2B shows how many of those procedures the hospital did.

Wisconsin – Ambulatory Surgery Facility Charges, 2017

How much does outpatient surgery cost in WI?  Find average 2017 charges in Wisconsin for 20 common ambulatory surgery procedures, such as Colonoscopy (6 codes), Endoscopy, Biopsy, Spinal Injection, Cataract & Lens ($7353 hospital average), outpatient Knee surgery/arthroscopy ($11,285), Carpal Tunnel ($6463), Ear Tubes, and more. Volumes for each hospital and surgical center are shown for top 20 only. Go to Table 28 in Chapter VI for a longer list of 40 procedures including colonoscopy & biopsy, code 45380 ($5155 average) and gall bladder removal (laparoscopic cholecystectomy at $17,429). Chapter VII compares average prices (along with median charge and volume) at each hospital for twenty 2017 ambulatory surgeries. Prices do NOT include surgeon and physician fees, which may cost thousands of dollars and could double prices shown. Consumers should add medical inflation to estimate 2019 facility prices. Scroll to bottom of page for Chapters VI and VII Ambulatory Surgery, published by WHA Information Center July 2018.

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, but no dates are provided for reference. Prices exclude surgeon and other doctors’ fees which may double the numbers you see here

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