• Jwlzgrl Jwlzgrl
    November 03, 2008
    How much does a double mastectomy cost without insurance?
    Jwlzgrl Jwlzgrl
    November 03, 2008

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  • PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    November 03, 2008
    PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    November 03, 2008

    Hi - Costs vary wildly all over the country, and also depend on whether you have reconstruction, or spend the night in the hospital, etc. From what I've been able to read, you're probably talking a minimum of $25,000, and unfortunately, probably a lot more. Please access the National Institutes of Health's Web page covering financial resources for cancr patients without insurance; hopefully you can find some help there. Also, ask at your hospital - they might be able to point you in a helpful direction. Good luck - PJH

    • Jon M
      March 23, 2010
      Jon M
      March 23, 2010

      We are trying to find out where you can find the average cost of a bilaterla mastectomy in the NYarea.  My wife had this procedure done and the insurance firm reimbursed for less than half of waht the doctor charged.  The doctor was out of network.  We believe the doctor's fee was fair and reasonable and within the normal range but are trying to find out how we can document this.  Do you have any ideas?

       

       

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    • PJ Hamel
      March 23, 2010
      PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      March 23, 2010

      Please ask the social workers at the hospital where your wife had her operation to point you to the resources you need to figure this out. They're used to dealing with insurance issues - and if they can't help you, they can at least send you to someone who can. Good luck - PJH

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    • n kelly
      August 29, 2011
      n kelly
      August 29, 2011

      I looked up the cost of breast reduction and found $5 - 7K.  Why would a total benign mastectomy with no cosmetic reconstruction be so much more expensive?  Thanks.

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    • PJ Hamel
      August 29, 2011
      PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      August 29, 2011

      Costs vary widely around the country; $5 to $7K seems VERY inexpensive for breast reduction. One difference is that with breast reduction, there's no cancer to worry about; with mastectomy, surgeons often have to access lymph nodes to check for spread; and make sure they've taken ALL the breast tissue they possibly can, to reduce risk of recurrence. Mastectomy, because it involves cancer, is just a more complicated surgery... PJH

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