Monday, August 29, 2011

Cataract Surgery Cost and Medicare

Question: I have a question about the cost of cataract surgery and Medicare. If I am having basic cataract surgery why would there be a charge of $300 per eye. I have Medicare and a supplement.

Answer: It is impossible to know exactly what is generating the out of pocket expenses for your Cataract Surgery as it will depend on any copays or deductibles you might still be responsible for to the surgery center or, depending on the type of anesthesia used it could be an anesthesia charge or other miscellaneous charge assessed by the facility or a provider that does not fall 100% under the coverage you have. Although you have a supplement it is also possible that your supplement has a threshold, copay or deductible as well leaving you responsible for the $300 charge.

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