Thankfully I have insurance, but today I got sent the bill from the hospital for recent services. If you don't have insurance, here is what you're looking at for the repair of a ruptured pec tendon in Michigan:
Radiology/MRI $4,424.00 Anesthesia $2,148.00 Surgery $12,262.00 Recovery room $2,719.00 "Supplies" $2,562.00 Hospital Pharmacy $813.35 IV meds/supplies $309.85
yeah, so true. does suck a little with the system of GP needing to refer you to a specialist then a waiting list to get to see the specialist only to be told by that specialist that that is not their area of speciality so now you need to go back to your GP and get yourself on a wait list to see another specialist...
if you were on medicare you'd pay 20% , but waiting happens anyway. your's was an emergency and had the ability to reattach. from what i understand doesnt happen very often and depend where the tear was.
What you listed is what the insurance company will be billed by the providers. Providers will bill the highest rate possible to the insurance companies, knowing that it is unlikely that they will get all of the money from the insurance company. If you did not have insurance and were paying out of pocket, the doctor/facility would likely work with you and not charge the full amount listed there. That being said, it would still not be cheap, but I doubt you would end up getting charged the full $25,000.
Obviously a few typos in my post. My sugery was in 1996 and cost just under 9 grand. That didn't include PT or any follow-up. I had the surgery within a week of the rupture and it was not succesful. Good surgeon but as someone already said pec reatatchment is not a high percentage operation.