Gallbladder Surgery Charges
An online search for the average charge of gallbladder removal is frustrating, to say the least. There’s a wide range of differences and somewhat dependent on location. For example, a Florida hospital charged from $48,631 to almost $90,000; At the Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, AZ, the price for a laparoscopic gallbladder removal without complications is listed as $64,189. Catrina would have been better off getting a round-trip ticket from Alabama to Oklahoma City: the Surgery Center of Oklahoma posts its services online. Gallbladder removal with liver biopsy is a bargain at $6,465.
As for CT Scan costs, they range from $270 to $5,000. Again, the cost depends on the facility, your location (if you live in an urban area, you likely have more options to choose from), and whether you pay in cash or bill your insurance provider.
Catrina’s health insurance covered most of her gallbladder removal surgery because she had proof of gallstones. Before having surgery on New Years Day she had gone to Walker Baptist Hospital’s ER in pain a few months earlier. “Just walking in the door cost $1,570. I had a CT Scan and that’s when they told me I had gallstones,” says Catrina. “They gave me a Tylenol and a glass of water and sent me home.”
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“Because I haven’t paid any of these ER overcharges I have a bad credit report,” adds Catrina. “I have been threatened by debt collectors and my bills keep getting sold to other bill collectors – what a racket! They call me on my cell phone but I try not to answer. When I got my insurance statement and the bill I couldn’t believe it. OMG it got me so mad, these ER charges are crazy.” Catrina is hopeful that an attorney can negotiate these overcharges.