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I failed to mention that the hip surgeon has a 3 month waiting list. During those 3 months, I will turn 65 and then have supplemental insurance. Their office says he takes Medicare or private insurance, doesn't matter which one. But I was wondering the "real deal" on what the difference in his pay is.

The deductible on my private insurance is $4500. The Medicare deductible is $203 for the year. So, you can see that I would rather save $4300 and have it done as a Medicare patient.

I will have it as outpatient surgery and go home the same day, so some of those hospital bills some of you mentioned will not be as "out of control." My pain meds will be gotten from a normal pharmacy on the way home. No pain meds from the hospital, since there will be no hospital.

I was just wondering what a typical surgeon gets paid for hip surgery with a normal person's insurance vs. the same hip surgery with Medicare paying him.

Thanks guys.

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