Category: Spine Surgery | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: August 16, 2018
You can’t put a price on your health, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be conscious about how much back treatment is going to cost. Most patients want to know how much surgery is going to cost before they go under the knife, and while we can sometimes provide a ballpark estimate, we can’t usually give you a straightforward answer. That being said, we can help point you in the right direction so that there are no surprises when it comes to your bill.
While the surgeon or the spine surgery clinic can be helpful, your best resource for determining an expected bill is your insurance company. They’ll be able to look at your individual coverage options and tell you what percentage will likely be picked up by insurance. When talking to the insurance company, it’s a good idea to have the exact billing code for your specific procedure, because simply saying you’re having a “spinal fusion” operation may not provide your insurer with the right information. Most surgical centers can provide you with a specific billing code if surgery is in your future.
After you have your billing code, call up your insurance company and give them as much detail as possible. You can tell them your expected intake and discharge date, as well as what types of rehabilitation and therapeutic exercises you can expect to be covered. Don’t just assume massage therapy or certain indirect therapies will be covered; run everything by your insurance company so there are no surprises.
Cost Of Spine Surgery
Dr. Sinicropi and his team do everything in their power to reduce your bill and prevent surprises all while providing you with the best care possible. If you have questions about whether we accept certain insurance plans, give us a call at a clinic near you. Typical out of pocket costs can range from less than $1,000 to $10,000 or more, but again, it really depends on your insurance plan and where you’re at with your out of pocket costs.
We wish that we could provide you with a more cut and dry answer, but there are so many variables in the insurance world that we’d be doing you a disservice by trying to give you an exact number. By getting the billing code and discussing your coverage options with the insurance company, we’re confident that there won’t be any surprises when the bill comes in the mail.
You can also ask about payment options, like the ability to pay over time, if you won’t be able to pay off the full bill when it’s processed. Pay over time options are very common after major health events, so don’t feel like you need to go into a financial hole to pay the bill. Look into your payment options.
If you have questions about billing codes or what types of insurance we accept, reach out to Dr. Sinicropi today.