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A Canadian Pays Cash for Care – Part One

I have personally experimented with paying cash for healthcare. I had sustained a rather nasty cyst/lesion on my chin (basketball accident – I named it Jermaine for the guy that accidently hit me) and I was on the waiting list in Canada to see a plastic surgeon (I am Canadian BTW, if you did not already know, and coverage does not equate access). I had already waited two uncomfortable months when I decided to take matters into my own hands and wallet. As I was speaking at a conference nearby, I called Surgery Center of Oklahoma (SCO), which had recently made the national news for shunning networks and offering transparent pricing, which they post online (what a concept). I will admit that I was a little nervous about the price because I had a claim on my desk from New York City for a similar procedure and it was billed at $24,000. I did some research and estimated that the average charges for my procedure would be about $8,000. Finally, I spoke with SCO, and my cash price was $800. I paid for the procedure, had no claim to worry about, and the care was excellent.  BTW – 1 year later I am still on the waiting list…