Thursday, January 21, 2010
How To Save Over $3,000 On Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty
You Paid How Much?
There are many places where common sense could save a lot of money in healthcare. For example, you would never pay $3,000 for a procedure that could cost you $300--or would you?
When you're suffering from a painful vertebral compression fracture (VCF), cost is often the last thing on your mind. However, by choosing the wrong doctor, you could end up with a procedure that costs thousands more.
Dr. Webb uses devices to fix these painful VCFs which cost substantially less than other devices while delivering comparable results, particularly in pain reduction. One commonly used device typically costs about $5,500 to fix just one level. If you were to have two VCFs fixed, this generally costs $10,000 or more.
By contrast, the systems Dr. Webb uses typically cost about $1,200--and can treat 2, 3, sometimes even 4 fractures for that cost if needed.
We are aware of a case at one local hospital where the equipment cost about $17,000. This was performed by a so-called expert in the field listed as a "Top Radiologist". However, the same procedure could have easily been performed for less than $1,500. That's would have resulted in savings of over 90% and knocked the patient's cost for the equipment from $3,400.00 to $300.00
These costs are passed on to the patients. For example, a typical Medicare patient has a 20% copay. If you chose Dr. Webb over another provider, you could save up to $900 on the cost of a typical procedure.
If you happen to go to a doctor who doesn't consider your costs, you could pay up to $3,000 more for your procedure with typical copays. That's just money out the window, which is hard to justify in boom times, much less this economy.
Add to that, the fact that Dr. Webb fixes hundreds of fractures each year where most only fix a few, and the choice is clear. When it comes to VCF, Dr. Webb offers Cadillac quality at Ford prices.