Category Archives: Surgery

April notes from the Self-Pay Patient

It’s been a bit since I last posted – last Friday, in fact. I’d hoped to do more this week, but had to go to Oregon to visit my father, who was in the hospital. He’s reasonably well now, but … Continue reading

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Surgery Center Network offers low-cost surgery options

I have known for a while about the Surgery Center Network, a web site that connects self-pay patients (as well as some third-party payers such as employers and even a couple of insurance companies) with ambulatory surgical centers, which are … Continue reading

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Ocean Surgery Center offers cash prices on the West Coast

I’ve written about and mentioned on several occasions two surgical facilities that offer cash prices for self-pay patients, the Surgery Center of Oklahoma and Regency Healthcare in New York City. These are places that offer up-front, all-inclusive prices for routine … Continue reading

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Self-pay options for immigrants (legal or illegal)

Self-pay patients are by no means a homogenous group  – some are uninsured, others have high-deductible health insurance or even more comprehensive coverage that covers most costs (so long as they stay in-network and the insurer decides covers the treatment, … Continue reading

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Cash-Only Surgical Center Featured in Orthopedics This Week

I’ve previously featured Dr. Robert Haar and Regency Healthcare, an orthopedic surgical facility in New York City that has gone cash-only. Finding primary care doctors who are friendly to self-pay patients can be enough of a challenge, and tracking down hospitals and … Continue reading

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Media Roundup of Self-Pay Healthcare

Patients who pay their own way, either because they are uninsured or have a high-deductible health insurance plan, have been popping up in the media more often of late, or so it seems to me at least. I thought regular … Continue reading

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Medical tourism doesn’t have to mean leaving the country

I’ve talked in the past about the huge savings available to self-pay patients who travel overseas for surgical or hospital care, such as the man who went to Thailand and paid $9,000 for shoulder surgery that would have cost $130,000 in the … Continue reading

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Orthopedic surgery center in New York City begins offering cash prices

For the past several months I’ve cited the Surgery Center of Oklahoma several times as a place where self-pay patients can go to get real prices that are ‘all-inclusive,’ meaning the fee listed covers the entire procedure, and patients don’t have to … Continue reading

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Tips on saving money when paying for health care

A few weeks ago I ran across an article in Woman’s Day titled ‘22 Ways to Save on Health Care’ that I thought would be helpful to self-pay patients, including not only those who are uninsured but also anybody with … Continue reading

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An auction for medical procedures? MediBid breaks new ground in healthcare

I’ve mentioned MediBid in the past, but I don’t know that I’ve ever explained what it is or how it works. Which is a major oversight on my part, because they’re one of the most innovative companies around catering to self-pay patients, … Continue reading

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