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Subject:  saving money on medical care Date:  12/4/2012  9:44 AM
Author:  alstroemeria Number:  869275 of 883905

I have an opportunity to save money on my cataract surgery by participating in a study:

PROS

+ Saves $475 off the cost of the procedure (my insurance only pays 10% of the expense--just the actual removal of the cataract, not the lens replacement)

+ My ophthalmologist likes the relatively minor change in his procedure so far and if all goes well throughout the study, plans to switch to this method.

+ He has done 110 eyes on 80 patients using the new method so far. He'll have done another dozen by the time my surgery is scheduled.

+ This is the foremost ophthalmologist in my area with many years of experience. My BFF, who moved to another state, is coming back to him to have her second eye done.

+ They gave me another 2 hours of tests yesterday (on top of all the testing 2 months ago when I was first looking into my vision problems). This practice seems organized and thorough.

CONS

- Relatively untried, not the standard of care.

- Doc has only been performing the new procedure for a couple of months.

I signed the paperwork, but can rescind at any time before surgery is performed (next week).
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