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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 – Definition, Symptoms, Surgery (NEI)

Learn all about cataracts quickly. This site gives the definition and symptoms of cataracts; causes and risk factors, treatment and surgery. By the US National Eye Institute (NEI), 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 diagram drawing of the eye from the National Eye Institute (part of NIH)

Eye Diseases (MedlinePlus)

MedlinePlus ad-free website on eye diseases. Many eye topics are covered such as eye exams, eyestrain and the computer, cataracts, glaucoma, dry eyes, lazy eye. See more topics in sidebar: Eye Injuries, Eye Infections or Macular Degeneration. Focus is on disease, rather than on surgery.

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?

This page at Consumer Health Ratings shows you where you can find the cost of eye surgery 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. Most cataract surgeries are done in an ambulatory surgery center, instead of a hospital. So it may be necessary to call the surgery center to get a current price quote.

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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)

Compare Florida hospital and freestanding surgical center prices for outpatient surgery in 2018. Find hospital and ambulatory surgery visit volumes and range of charges for common adult and pediatric outpatient surgery procedures. Prices are listed by hospital or surgery 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. Average cost is not shown.  When we checked outpatient hernia repair prices last year, individual hospitals ranged from $945 to a high charge over $72,000 (ages 18 to 64, Level 1). Last year, cataract procedures at the highest volume center listed charges from about $17,000 to $19,000. But the second largest center did cataract procedures for $1,400 (ages 18-64). Might be worth asking about price before scheduling your outpatient surgery. Links to inspection reports. FloridaHealthFinder.gov 2018 data updated September 2019. Because the average price is not quickly visible to compare across facilities, we have eliminated the Editor’s Pick designation. Terminology between the selection page and the report pages are not consistent.

How much does an organ transplant cost? (2020)

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 2020 dollars. The most common transplant – cornea – averages $32,500 in estimated billed charges. Kidney transplant estimated at $442,500 for the entire process, including surgeon fees and drugs. Costs are calculated from 30 days pre-transplant, to 6 months post-transplant discharge. Summary table of cost breakdown is shown. The detailed report shows autologous bone marrow transplant at $471,600, bone marrow-allogenic at $1,071,700 (up 20% since 2017), liver transplant at $878,400, and heart transplant at $1,664,800. Multiple organ transplants easily top an estimated $1 million, or $2.6M 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. Report by Milliman was published January 2020.

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 arthroscopy priced at over $33,000 average in IL, bunionectomy [which had a statewide list price nearing $20,000], 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 2019, using 2017 prices and 2018 quality data

Iowa – Average Price for Ambulatory Surgery 2019

Compare average prices for ambulatory outpatient surgery at IA hospitals, before adding surgeon fee or other professional charges. 2019 prices. Check one procedure at a time. Average charge billed last year for Upper GI endoscopy was between $5,900 and $7,300; Diagnostic Colonoscopy averaged $5,193 excluding physician fees; simple cataract $7,929 to $8,581; Tonsillectomy over age 11 $10,056 (child) or up to $11,649 for an adult; one ear tube $8,062; shoulder surgery $22k to $24,000; laparoscopic gall bladder removal averaged $19k in hospital charges; inguinal hernia repair (laparoscopic) averaged over $24,000; knee ACL repair averaged $31,042 in Iowa; bunion correction surgery was $19,518 in average charges. Individual hospitals shown if they have enough volume. However, volumes are not shown. More ambulatory surgery procedures are listed. From the Iowa Hospital Association; reasonably easy to use. Updated 2020.

Iowa Hospital Inpatient Charges Compare

Iowa Hospital Charges Compare provides information about volumes and average 2019 charges (amount billed) and median price 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. See price, 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 (listed under women’s health) and newborns, pneumonia, stroke, heart care, transplants, COPD, rehab, and many medical conditions. Severity of illness is shown. Limited focus to one service and category at a time. Average cost (and median charges) across the state are also shown for each procedure. Average charge for delivering a baby (vaginal) was $10,687 in Iowa in 2019; average newborn (normal weight) charge was $4,356. Average knee replacement cost was about $48,000 for a minor severity procedure. Physician and surgeon’s charges are not included in the prices.

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)

Minnesota Hospital Price Check gives 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. Because the site uses medical terms (e.g cholecystectomy instead of gall bladder), consumers should be prepared ahead to type in the correct term. Compare 3 hospitals, one procedure at a time; excludes doctor charges; by Minnesota Hospital Association, 2018 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 2019-2020: Ophthalmology (Eye)

Who are the best hospitals for eye surgery (ophthalmology) in 2019-2020, according to usnews.com? Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at University of Miami Hospital, and Wills Eye Hospital at Thomas Jefferson in Philadelphia top US News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of best hospital Ophthalmology programs.  Twelve hospitals are listed for eye surgery, ranked using reputation scores only from 2017-2019. No clinical outcomes data were examined (except what individual physicians responding to the survey may have investigated on their own).

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, 2018

Wisconsin ambulatory surgery facility charges (prices) for 2018 for each hospital and freestanding ambulatory surgery center How much does outpatient surgery cost in WI?  Scroll to bottom of page for Chapters VI and VII Ambulatory Surgery. Find average 2018 charges for 20 common ambulatory surgery procedures, such as Colonoscopy (6 codes), Endoscopy, Biopsy, Spinal Injection, Cataract & Lens ($7,439 hospital average), outpatient Knee surgery/arthroscopy ($11,699), Carpal Tunnel ($6,548), 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 ($5,478 average) and gall bladder removal (laparoscopic cholecystectomy at $18,389). Chapter VII compares average prices (along with median charge and number of cases) at each hospital and surgery center for twenty 2018 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. Health Care Data Report 2018 published by WHA Information Center September 2019.

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 on the consumer site. Must use the healthcare professionals site to see the dates and the volumes done at each hospital; 2018-2019 prices are shown. Prices exclude surgeon and other doctors’ fees which may double the numbers you see here

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