Sunday, August 7, 2016
Everyone deserves excellent medical care, but the truth is that not everyone can afford it. According to The New York Times, even a simple procedure like stitching up a wound could cost as much as $2,200.
Surgery, on the other hand, can cost a patient anywhere from $30,000 to $20,000. Is it any surprise, then, why medical debt is the leading cause of bankruptcies in the country?
More Affordable Surgery
In recent decades, however, a more affordable means of providing surgery to patients has emerged: ambulatory surgery centers (ASC). According to the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA), such medical facilities can help not just patients but also the country save about $2.6 billion in healthcare costs because surgery costs are cheaper in these facilities. For instance, the average cataract removal costs $193 at ASCs, while costing up to $490 in a hospital.