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Top 9 Healthcare Procedures Patients Pay for in the U.S.

Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/26/2017 1:08 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017

As Americans, we typically like being “number one” in whatever we do – whether we’re talking about medal haul at the Olympics, economic strength, and the list goes on. 

However, there’s one area in particular where the vast majority of us would be MUCH happier if the U.S. was number 50, 100, or better yet, even lower than that: the amount that we pay for various healthcare procedures

Indeed, Americans pay some of the highest prices in the world for healthcare – and for some procedures, we have the dubious and very unwanted distinction of being “number one”. 

According to research by the International Federation of Health Plans (IFHP), below are the top 9 healthcare procedures that we’re shelling out for (for comparison purposes, we’ll also highlight the average cost for the same procedure in another country).

Appendectomy: Average price in the U.S.: $13, 910. Average price in New Zealand: $5,000.

Birth (normal delivery): Average price in the U.S.: $10,001. Average price in Spain: $2,251.

Birth (c-section): Average price in the U.S. $15,240. Average price in Holland: $5,492. 

Cataract Surgery: Average price in the U.S.: $3,762. Average price in Argentina: $1,038. 

Knee replacement: Average price in the U.S.: $25,398. Average price in Argentina: $6,015. 

Hip Replacement: Average price in the U.S.: $26,489. Average price in Spain: $12,000. 

Bypass Surgery: Average price in the U.S.: $75,345. Average price in Holland: $15,742. 

Angioplasty: Average price in the U.S.: $27,907. Average price in New Zealand: $16,415.

Hip Prosthesis: Average price in the U.S.: $11,806. Average price in Spain: $3,177.

Why are Healthcare Procedures in the U.S. So Expensive?

The notion that healthcare procedures are MUCH more expensive in the U.S. because we have superior surgeons or better technology is, unfortunately, a complete myth. In fact, deaths due to preventable medical errors in hospitals are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. behind cancer and heart disease! 

In truth, according to a report in the Atlantic Monthly, there are two primary reasons healthcare costs are staggeringly and often shockingly high in the U.S.: 

  1. Unlike many other countries, in the U.S. the government doesn’t set standardized prices for healthcare procedures. This gives for-profit insurance companies essentially a free hand to set prices – and, invariably, they set them as high as possible in order to generate the most profit. In fact, 20 cents of all dollars spent on healthcare aren’t actually spent on healthcare: they’re spent on insurance company marketing and administration. 
  1. Again unlike many other countries, the U.S. medical system is ridiculously As such, there’s a whole industry of compilers, medical billing analysts, collections departments, finance departments, and the list goes on. Everyone has to be paid, and ultimately, it’s patients who foot the bill through excessive costs for healthcare procedures.

Medical Tourism: A Smart Alternative 

If you need or want a medical or dental procedure but the cost is unjustifiable – or simply unfeasible – then medical tourism may be the smart alternative you need. The cost savings range from 30-70 percent (depending on the type of treatment, time of year, location, etc.). Plus, the quality of medical and dental care abroad is excellent and quality assured, and you’ll have the chance to experience another country.

To learn more,contact the SkyMedicus team today. Your consultation with us is free! 

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Topics: Medical Tourism, Surgery Abroad

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