@76,Generally speaking (for a total knee) your PCP will recommend a surgeon, possibly more than one.
You will choose one, based on what you think will be the best care.
Your surgeon will tell you where he will operate (you may be lucky to have a choice among hospitals) and I can practically guarantee that out-patient centers do not do total knee replacements
The hospital will tell you where and when to have your pre-admit, most hospitals will require it be done by at their facility. (because they don't want to accept the liability of an outside error).
Your surgeon will choose the manufacturer of the implant, the hospital will choose your anestheslogist, the hospital will provide any medicines while in their facility, your surgeon will choose who to ask for consults, your surgeon and doctor will decide when you can be discharged.
You probably will be able to choose where to go for rehab, but once there they will provide any medicines.
The point is that the patient is not nearly as free to decide on provider's costs as you seem to think.
My family has had some experience with total knee replacements, having had 5 done in the past 3 years.
The surgery center (hospital or
December 20, 2013 at 10:53 p.m.
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December 20, 2013 at 1:20 p.m.
Is that your answer? community organizers cause Americans to overspend on healthcare ???
December 20, 2013 at 11:35 a.m.
@76Ytown & Jerry,
I don't dispute that some money can be saved by shopping . Personally I'm not sure that the lowest price would necessarily be my criteria to select a surgeon to replace my knee -- but that's just me.
On a global scale, does that mean that other nations (all of them) tend to better shoppers than US consumers?
If so, I wonder why and if that tendency (to overspend) can be broken. Or are there some systemic differences between the US and other developed countries that contribute?
December 20, 2013 at 9:55 a.m.
You might want to try this:
December 16, 2013 at 3:48 p.m.
At Eivo. your post 546.
you should have cited your quotation. In case you forgot it's from Tea Party.org.
South Carolina, the great state that gave us Strom Thurmond, a life-long racist that the good folks from SC sent to Washington for almost 50 years. If ever there was any doubt that the South is still fighting the Civil War, meet the electorate from SC.
December 11, 2013 at 11:33 p.m.
evio is concerned that some of the 900,000 veterans that are getting food stamps are not looking for jobs.
Or that folks who are eligible for medicare are happy with the government being in the health business.
November 11, 2013 at 10:33 p.m.
Graham is such a political hypocrite. He pretends to be in search of the truth about Benghazi, when he really is in search of anything that he can find to smear H. Clinton.
Really, does it even matter what Susan Rice said a few days after the attack. Within 24 hours Obama was referring to it as a act of terrorism.
It is interesting, but not pertient to the attack, the allegation of what the CIA was doing in Behghazi. Are the folks making these allegations willing to testify?
"Would-be rescuers have told CNN...". like maybe the Blue Mountain guy? Who and where are these "would-be rescuers"? If Graham really wants to seek the truth, then why isn't he calling for testimony from these ghosts.
Maybe there is a problem with trying to issue a subpoena to Andrew Breitbart's ghost.
November 11, 2013 at 10:07 a.m.
So true bum
November 10, 2013 at 10:23 p.m.