As Obamacare collapses under the weight of over promising 'free' healthcare, two things will occur:
The ratcheting up of prices
Rationing of health services.
One possible way to skirt the coming disaster of Obamacare,
which will create shortages of healthcare of massive proportions,
is to contract for medical procedures directly. One such example
is The Surgery Center of Oklahoma,
a 32,535 square foot, state-of-the-art multispecialty facility in Oklahoma City.
Owned and operated by approximately 40 of the top surgeons and anesthesiologists
in central Oklahoma, the facility has been accredited since 1998 without
interruption and annually provides care to thousands of patients.
As a matter of financial self preservation, you or your business should consider
this type of cash based facility as an alternative to what will be an
ill fated Obamacare experiment. Especially if you have no insurance at
all, this facility can provide quality without bloated pricing.
We have listed Surgery Center pricing at the end of this article as a
reference for comparison with typical hospitals which are burdened
subsidizing the care of indigents, illegals, and capped Medicare payments.
The alternative is to consider a trip to a foreign country to have your
surgery, but this entails hidden costs.
The pricing of surgical services is at the top of the list of problems
in our dysfunctional healthcare system. Bureaucracy at the insurance and
hospital levels, cost shifting and the absence of free market principles
are among the culprits for what has caused surgical care in the United States
to be cost prohibitive. As more and more patients find themselves paying
more and more out of pocket, a different approach is necessary involving
transparent and direct pricing.
Transparent, direct, package pricing means the patient knows exactly
what the cost of the service will be upfront. Fees for the surgeon,
anesthesiologist and facility are all included in one price without
hidden costs, charges or surprises. Such facilities can offer low prices
if they are physician-owned and managed. Controlling every aspect from
real estate costs, to the most efficient use of staff, to the elimination
of wasteful operating room practices that non-profit hospitals have no
incentive to curb, they can provide quality care at lower prices.
The prices shown below are not provided to promote The Surgery Center, but to give you a basis for cost comparison with other facilities. Procedure prices include the facility fee, the surgeon's fee and the anesthesiologist's fee. The initial consultation with the surgeon is also included, as is uncomplicated follow-up care. The duration of postoperative care is different for each surgical procedure. Therefore, at the initial consultation the surgeon also estimates the amount of postoperative care covered by the price. The $200 initial consultation fee is applied to the total cost of the procedure should surgery be indicated, otherwise the $200 is retained. Our goal is for the price to be as transparent as possible. What is NOT included in the fee is as follows:
Any diagnostic studies necessary prior to the surgery such as lab, MRI, X-rays, consultations with specialists to determine medical risk/management, physical therapy and rehabilitation.
Any hardware or implants necessary for completion of the procedure (plates and screws, e.g. for orthopedic procedures). This price information will be provided prior to surgery but subsequent to the surgical consultation. Our experienced surgical staff knows with almost certainty what will be needed to complete your surgery and this hardware or implants will be provided to you at invoice cost without any markup whatsoever. Copies of the invoices will be provided to you.
Any overnight stay at our facility. This can be arranged on a case-by-case basis for an additional charge.
Lodging or travel expenses.
Expenses or fees resulting from complications subsequent to the completion of the surgery and discharge from the facility.
The prices listed are not negotiable and are available only to those who pay the entire amount in advance. The Surgery Center is able to offer these prices due to the lack of expense in processing the claims and the absence of risk for non-payment. Major price differentials will exist at other similar cash only facilities.
The Surgery Center of Oklahoma