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Generally, cataract and other eye surgeries have low risks of complications or problems, such as heart attacks. Even so, many healthy people get a routine set of tests before eye surgery. In these cases, the tests don't change the surgery or make it safer.
The tests themselves are very safe, but they can cause false alarms. This can lead to anxiety and more tests, needlessly delaying your surgery.
Source: Choosing Wisely
Having this surgery performed at a hospital with an overnight stay will usually be the most expensive option. Discuss with your physician if this surgery can be performed as an outpatient procedure (no overnight stay).
There are two types of outpatient facilities: 1) outpatient surgery performed at a free-standing Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC), which is usually the best value and 2) hospital-based outpatient surgery, which is typically less expensive than inpatient care.
The Fair Price is the price that you should reasonably expect a medical service to cost if you shop for care. Even in-network providers can have big cost differences for the exact same service. The most expensive providers can cost more than five times as much as providers that charge a Fair Price.
The Fair Price is calculated from actual amounts health plans have paid on claims. Some services show “bundled” pricing, which means there are multiple parts to the Fair Price. These usually include facility, physician and anesthesiologist fees, and can be viewed individually in the Fair Price Details. It’s always a good idea to request a price estimate from the provider and compare it to the Fair Price before your procedure.
The information on this website is not a price guarantee. There is no guarantee that any specific provider will charge a specific rate or that specific services will be covered under your benefit plan.
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