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Top 10 list of most expensive Medical procedures
Does the rising cost of healthcare scare you? If it doesn’t, it probably should. Unless, you are one of the crazy rich, it is very likely that we’ll all have to face the challenge of finding ways to pay for a very expensive medical procedure in our lifetime. Here are the top 10 procedures you don’t want to deal with financially.
- Intestine transplant $1.2M
This is often performed to replace dead tissue with healthy tissue from a donor. Sometimes combined with a liver transplant, which drives up the cost. A bulk of the cost is related to hospital administration and admissions fees.
- Heart-Lung Transplant $1.15M
This is a rare and complex procedure that replaces the heart and lung in one surgery. Again, the bulk of the cost is associated with hospital admissions and procedures.
- Heart Transplant $997K
This high risk surgery hits just below $1 million dollars. There is extensive recovery and follow up required that adds to the cost.
- Bone Marrow Transplant: $678K Allogeneic; $300K for autologous
Surgery may not be required depending on the type of bone marrow transplant a patient needs. Sometimes stem cells can be delivered into the blood through a catheter. Things get expensive when a donor is involved. Research/ harvesting fees and testing costs add up fast.
- Lung Transplant: $797K for double, $561K for single
Long donor wait times, complex testing and long recovering time lead to extensive hospital stays that drive up cost.
- Liver Transplant $577K
Extensive administrative and record expenses drive up cost here along with the necessary hospital stay and recovery time post surgery.
- Open Heart Surgery $324K
This surgery usually involves a lot of complications and follow up appointments. Recovery period in the hospital will drive up expenses.
- Pancreas Transplant $289K
This is a very long procedure involving hospital stay for 3 to 4 weeks. There is always the possibility of a combined pancreas-kidney transplant which drives cost up even higher!
- Kidney Transplant $262K
Intense preparation, high risk and extensive follow up lead to high cost for this surgery.
- Tracheostomy $205K
The extended hospital stay after this procedure leads to increased cost. Patients often have to stay in ICU post op