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Old 11-17-2006, 03:44 PM
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Simple question, but a complex answer!

Here’s an excerpt from an archived message on the costs of ADR in the U.S.

Costs of ADR?! Hah! What a messy issue that is! Here's my 2 cents after rigorous (OK, just a few hours) of research on a 1 level:

Average price across all U.S. states: $32k
Median price across all U.S. states: $45K
Extreme price range across all U.S. states: $10-$80k

And some helpful topics on this issue….

I Need The Total Disc Replacement Cost-USA
http://adrsupport.org/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/7701036081/m/6...101098412#8101098412

ADR COST?
http://adrsupport.org/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/7701036081/m/7...651032902#6651032902

Which ADR Clinical Trials Are No Cost to the Patient?
http://adrsupport.org/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/7701036081/m/8...991018081#8991018081

cost of adr Germany
http://adrsupport.org/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/7701036081/m/6...251018081#6251018081

And also:
http://adrsupport.org/eve/forums?m=1...c&f=7701036081
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Old 05-05-2011, 11:10 PM
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Default 3 level m6 disc replacement cost

November 17 , 2010 I went to England and the total cost of surgery and Hospital was 40 k for my 3 level m6 c replacement. Lodging ,air fair, rental car were added to that. Of course that is US currency and the exchange rate just keeps getting worse.
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Old 05-06-2011, 11:17 AM
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1 week hospital stay and 2 weeks of outpatient therapy afterward, all medical costs included (but not flight, housing) for 2 level M6 and STALIF fusion in England with Nick Boeree is quoted at 23,168 pounds (current US dollar exchange rate= $37K). Hoping the pounds drops in value by September! (Sorry Brits!) I can stay longer in the hospital if needed, for no extra fees. Any complications are covered, unless a specialty surgeon not on staff has to be called in.
Germany (Bertagnoli) was almost twice that, but included the hotel. (I found a house to rent in England for about $1500 for a month, so not seeing the value of tacking that on to the surgery cost)
Spain (Clavel) was comparable to England, slightly more.

Keep in mind you'll likely get kicked out of the hospital much sooner in the US. If you did need to stay longer, count on mulitplying any cost estimates considerably.

Check that even if your insurance doesn't cover the ADR itself, will they cover the therapy, anesthesia, any other parts of the surgery process or hospitalization? Therapy is very expensive (I'm a therapist), as is the general care in a hospital. Make sure all of the costs are accounted for.
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Old 07-21-2011, 01:55 PM
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I'm going on Aug 4th to have a pro disc put in my L5 by Dr. Zigler

My Cash price:
$40,550

$19,000 for Dr Zigler and general surgeon assistant
$21,550 for one day hospital stay

That's my "cash discount"..LOL
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Old 11-22-2011, 10:02 PM
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Just got quoted 34000Eur for two level replacement with Dr. Bertagnoli. Includes 5 days in the hotel room. Seems like costs are rising!
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:00 AM
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I ended up paying about $32,000 (US dollars) or 20,000 British Pounds for my 2 level hybrid (originally quoted and paid for a 3 level, and recieved a refund without a problem). (See details in above post and below in my signature). No travel expenses included, and that included all care for the surgery, 6 days in the hospital (could have stayed longer at no charge) and all post op therapy, meds.
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9/28/2011: Hybrid STALIF TT interbody fusion at L5-S1 and M6-L ADR L4-5 with Nick Boeree, UK - forever grateful to you Nick! Still doing great.
Prior to the fix: Severe DDD L4-5 and L5-S1 with moderate facet degen at L5-S1, but only mild facet degeneration at L4-5.
http://healthyback2011.blogspot.com/

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I had a C5-6 ADR with a Prodisc-C last month in Charlotte, NC.

Total cost billed to my insurance (UHC) was $62,000. The device itself was an $18,000 line item on the itemized bill.

I had already met my annual out-of-pocket max, so UHC paid this 100%. (Gotta love their decision on October 1, 2011 to cover cervical ADR!)
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will insurance pay anything when you go out of country?
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Mine wouldn't. Some (rarely) do though...
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9/28/2011: Hybrid STALIF TT interbody fusion at L5-S1 and M6-L ADR L4-5 with Nick Boeree, UK - forever grateful to you Nick! Still doing great.
Prior to the fix: Severe DDD L4-5 and L5-S1 with moderate facet degen at L5-S1, but only mild facet degeneration at L4-5.
http://healthyback2011.blogspot.com/
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Quote:
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will insurance pay anything when you go out of country?
I have Aetna, live in the US and considered going to England for my ADR.
Aetna informed me that if you live in the US they will not cover ADR if you choose to travel abroad for your ADR surgery. Typically, the Aetna policy will cover "emergency surgery needs" that occur ONLY while you're traveling abroad.
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