How much did it cost?

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ThailandBound
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Re: How much did it cost?

Postby ThailandBound » Tue Jan 24, 2023 10:28 am

Tokyo_123 wrote:
Daytripper wrote:
TurnBackTime wrote:From $244k billed to settling for $18K. Is this practice legal?
Btw congrats on your out of pocket bill, looks like you hit the insurance lottery.


I paid cash around $18,000. Read on this forum that some with insurance are charged $150,000 and up. Can someone there please explain this, or is it just straight theft??


You got a deal it seems. On my initial video consultation with Dr. Clavell he seemed a bit uncertain to actual cost. “About $23,000” he said. Then when i began to firm things up (no pun intended) with the surgical coordinator she said “21,000”.

And that’s what i paid. $21,000.

Less than the price of a mid-range sedan, only i’m certain that the “new” will never wear off.
Active, athletic 63 years old. Sexually, still 33 in my mind and spirit. Pills and injections all worked, until they didn’t. Diagnosed with veinous leakage in 2022. Coloplast Titan. 22 CM. No RTE. Peno-scrotal. Implanted 1/4/23. Dr. Clavell.

sswinsfba
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Re: How much did it cost?

Postby sswinsfba » Tue Jan 24, 2023 5:57 pm

Covered by United Healthcare Advantage & Medicare.

So, far, just $340:

$100 hospital copay
$15 copay for 2 office visits (n/c for 1st one)
$225 for motel room.

A bargain IMO.
Age 72. On daily Cialis since ~2000. Minor ED started ~2-3 yrs ago. ED became a major problem ~06/2022. No Ultra or VL testing done but problem apparently due to a VL. Titan 1-Touch implanted by Dr. Karpman on 1/24/2023. 20cm cylinders w/1cm RTE.

Gt1956
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Re: How much did it cost?

Postby Gt1956 » Tue Jan 24, 2023 6:42 pm

Tokyo_123 wrote:
Daytripper wrote:
TurnBackTime wrote:From $244k billed to settling for $18K. Is this practice legal?
Btw congrats on your out of pocket bill, looks like you hit the insurance lottery.

I paid cash around $18,000. Read on this forum that some with insurance are charged $150,000 and up. Can someone there please explain this, or is it just straight theft??

Did you pay the top advertised price for your airline ticket? I doubt that you did. What you're asking about is the insurance company gets big discounts off of the listed price. They have negotiated the discount a long time before the patient even shows up.
Members that pay cash for their implant normally get that same discount. Perfectly normal in lots of transactions. I don't understand why this concept isn't understood by people.
65 HBP at 40 high triglycerides at 45. Phimosis at 57. Type 2 at 60

Livingstonguy
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Re: How much did it cost?

Postby Livingstonguy » Tue Jan 24, 2023 6:46 pm

So I got this today. Still owe $2100 for anesthesia and already paid the Dr $740.
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Just starting this journey. Implanted 12/22/2022 AMS 700cx 21cm with 1 cm RTE
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Txagq8
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Re: How much did it cost?

Postby Txagq8 » Tue Jan 24, 2023 11:41 pm

I worried needlessly about this…..I had flashbacks to when my twins were born prematurely and Champus (as Tricare was known back then) was exceedingly slow about the $600,000 NICU bill. Anyhow, I asked the doc how much this would cost if I had to pay out of pocket. He assured me my insurance was gonna pay. I pressed him for an answer, which was “a cash price of everything, as day surgery, for about $18k.”

I had it done. All the hospital, pathology, anesthesiology, facility, etc etc bills toralled $53k. The insurance allowed and paid $19K. We were agonizingly close to our catastrophic cap, wife had been hospitalized for a bad ass case of pneumonia. I ended up getting a bill for less than $5.

You’re damned right I paid it. I wasn’t gonna argue over $5.

What has it been worth? A helluva lot, for sure. If I had to suck it up and pay the whole $19k out of hide, would I? Probably. I’m past 3 years of totally trouble free operation and while nobody is going to mistake me for a porn star I’m well pleased.

That’s insurance company medicine math with the govt involved: 53 = 19.
Robust, adolescent 65 year old. Venous leakage forever. Used shots, shots+pills 30+ years. Married to same wife ~35 yrs. Implanted 31Dec2019 in Austin Tx. AMS 700 LGX 18 cm with 5 cm RTE.

sswinsfba
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Re: How much did it cost?

Postby sswinsfba » Wed Jan 25, 2023 3:16 am

sswinsfba wrote:Covered by United Healthcare Advantage & Medicare.

So, far, just $340:

$100 hospital copay
$15 copay for 2 office visits (n/c for 1st one)
$225 for motel room.

A bargain IMO.



OBTW, my doc chgs around $19k for self-pay.
Age 72. On daily Cialis since ~2000. Minor ED started ~2-3 yrs ago. ED became a major problem ~06/2022. No Ultra or VL testing done but problem apparently due to a VL. Titan 1-Touch implanted by Dr. Karpman on 1/24/2023. 20cm cylinders w/1cm RTE.

Tokyo_123
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Re: How much did it cost?

Postby Tokyo_123 » Wed Jan 25, 2023 4:11 am

Gt1956 wrote:
Tokyo_123 wrote:
Daytripper wrote:

I paid cash around $18,000. Read on this forum that some with insurance are charged $150,000 and up. Can someone there please explain this, or is it just straight theft??

Did you pay the top advertised price for your airline ticket? I doubt that you did. What you're asking about is the insurance company gets big discounts off of the listed price. They have negotiated the discount a long time before the patient even shows up.


Paid $200 in cash for my airline ticket. Used credit card points, and the extra $200 was for the upgraded seats on the way back to Tokyo. :D
Venous Leakage

Dr. Clavell, August 3, 2022. Titan One-Touch, 24cm XL cylinders and trimmed off 0.5cm.

Gt1956
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Re: How much did it cost?

Postby Gt1956 » Wed Jan 25, 2023 1:03 pm

Tokyo_123 wrote:
Gt1956 wrote:
Tokyo_123 wrote:I paid cash around $18,000. Read on this forum that some with insurance are charged $150,000 and up. Can someone there please explain this, or is it just straight theft??

Did you pay the top advertised price for your airline ticket? I doubt that you did. What you're asking about is the insurance company gets big discounts off of the listed price. They have negotiated the discount a long time before the patient even shows up.

Paid $200 in cash for my airline ticket. Used credit card points, and the extra $200 was for the upgraded seats on the way back to Tokyo. :D

I'm sure that the initial published price was alot higher than what you ended up paying. Do you consider the airlines pricing as theft?
65 HBP at 40 high triglycerides at 45. Phimosis at 57. Type 2 at 60

Tokyo_123
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Re: How much did it cost?

Postby Tokyo_123 » Thu Jan 26, 2023 4:35 am

Gt1956 wrote:I'm sure that the initial published price was alot higher than what you ended up paying. Do you consider the airlines pricing as theft?


Sorry, not a clue what you're saying. Actually, just bought a ticket to travel SE Asia, tomorrow. Used trip.com and costs were quite reasonable.
Venous Leakage

Dr. Clavell, August 3, 2022. Titan One-Touch, 24cm XL cylinders and trimmed off 0.5cm.


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