Cost of ICD

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Cost of ICD

Post by Judieanne » September 12th, 2009, 8:49 am

Does anyone actually know what the cost of the ICD is? I would have to find my papers that are three years old and look for my bills. I thought they ran about $25,000. Is this close to the price? Judy (Indiana Hoosier)
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Re: Cost of ICD

Post by freckles1880 » September 12th, 2009, 8:53 am

There was a thread on this a month or so ago. Looks like most are in the $100,000 - $130,000 range. Most of us are so lucky to have insurance and our costs were nominal. Mine was about $130,000 although the insurance paid far less.
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Re: Cost of ICD

Post by Denny B » September 12th, 2009, 8:55 am

I had my ICD implanted on 11/19/08. The cost of the Boston Scientific unit was $85,000. The whole procedure cost $135,000. I only had to pay a $250 copay!
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Re: Cost of ICD

Post by brucerob » September 12th, 2009, 9:51 am

Last year when I was in the hospital, I was told it would cost $30,000 for the ICD and the procedure. We lost count at $100,000 for the complete hospitalization. I am thankful I was able to pay my insurance premiums.

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Re: Cost of ICD

Post by PerfectPieMakersGirl » September 12th, 2009, 10:00 am

I remember when I got the bill... I thought, "I have the equivalent of a HOUSE in my chest!." And I dont even own a house! I believe for just the device and leads it was 150k... my portion to pay? $10.00 rofl
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Re: Cost of ICD

Post by Melchan08 » September 12th, 2009, 11:49 am

Mine was SUPER expensive, because of complications... I think well over 200k ( had to stay in the hospital over a week)

I lose my insurance this coming December too, so I am in a horrible bind tanty
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Re: Cost of ICD

Post by mrag » September 12th, 2009, 12:03 pm

Now calculate in the cost of monthly medical insurance premiums. Health Care in the US has got to be addressed and there has to be major changes made to the existing system.

I don't know what the changes are nor how to do them, but I know our "box of rocks" in Washington is hard at work on it.


I've not a clue what my ICD cost. My insurance carrier picked up everything and the bills I did see, I could not understand. I'm now on Medicare with a supplemental policy. I can't understand any of those bill payments. I can't figure exactly what they're paying, sometimes I don't even know who they are paying nor what they are paying for. But then I only spent 20 years creating financial budgets and statements so what would I know.

I just grabbed this from a 2006 Washington Post article at: http://www.yourlawyer.com/articles/read/11607
The number of ICDs implanted in Americans has more than tripled from about 54,000 in 1999 to 168,000 last year. Sales are increasing 15 to 18 percent a year and are expected to continue rising as the population ages and the number of medical conditions shown to benefit from ICD use grows.

An ICD is sometimes likened to having a miniature ambulance crew inside the chest. The device can detect an abnormal heart rhythm, determine whether it can be ``converted'' to a normal rhythm with a shock and then deliver the jolt if the answer is yes, and it keeps a record of what it has done.

The devices cost about $20,000. The implantation procedure costs about $10,000 in physician and hospital charges.
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Re: Cost of ICD

Post by notvaporlocked » September 12th, 2009, 12:11 pm

Mine was just under 50K so it does depend on where you live. I was very impressed with the whole procedure. Ist class care at midwest prices.

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Re: Cost of ICD

Post by maggie 51 » September 12th, 2009, 12:17 pm

The first visit I had with my primary care doc after the implant he had a medical student shadowing him, who knew very little about implants so I was able to provide a teachable moment. He told the student that the device cost about 35 - 40K to which I said the total bill for that hospital was 45 so it couldn't have been that much. When I went home, I saw that it was itemized and sure enough it was about 38. Now I had been transferred there from another hospital where I had three days on a ventilator in CCU, then another 4 in a regular room, and I had just about every cardio and neuro test that exists. That hospitalization was about 150,000 I think.

Mel, are you on any disability? You may qualify for Medicaid. Don't assume you are over income, some states have programs to help in cases like this. Check with state Social Services - they may be able to guide you to the right agency.
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Re: Cost of ICD

Post by myred » September 12th, 2009, 1:14 pm

I am still waiting for the online insurance statment to update. When it does, I will post the amount. So far my heart issue has cost 210K since June and all my deductibles and copays are met. It will be interesting to see what the insurance pays for the ICD.

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Re: Cost of ICD

Post by david1 » September 12th, 2009, 2:43 pm

Mel,

Is ur current insurance coverage thru your employer if so u can continue to carry the coverage for additional 18 months if u r losing ur insurance coverage. If that is the case then u have to sign up for COBRA plan,, this is mandated by the U.S. government. U will receive the same benefits that u r receiving now, but u will have to pay the coverage premium that ur employer is currently paying for you. Talk with ur employer.

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Re: Cost of ICD

Post by Melchan08 » September 12th, 2009, 3:07 pm

No, my father died and I was on his plan (COBRA). It runs out and I dont have anyone to pick me back up. So I am screwed.
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Re: Cost of ICD

Post by James » September 12th, 2009, 3:35 pm

The trip up to the implant in the year before about $160,000.00. the Implant total $68,000.00 total $228,000.00.
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Re: Cost of ICD

Post by luz1055 » September 12th, 2009, 3:47 pm

I received my bill this week and nearly passed out. :thud:

For a 6 nite 7 day stay at the local country club, sw missouri, $171,850.00. I am not really sure what the actual cost of the ICD was, but the cardiac cath was 40 grand. I will be calling the business office for an itemized statement. I am sure they will say it is too many pages and I will tell them it is too much money for me not to request!!

Not sure what my insurance will pick up. Our deductible is very high so I know that is a given. Business has been painfully slow, we are a design and install cabinet operation and are about to lose everything. My hubby was just about to drop our insurance and bamm......a few weeks after discussing it, I was in the hospital almost ready to expire. Yes, I'm thankful for this ICD, but a bit concerned that if things don't improve with the economy, I am screwed too. curse^%#$

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Re: Cost of ICD

Post by freckles1880 » September 12th, 2009, 6:51 pm

Mel, I understand that you are a student. With you Dad passing on are you qualified for Social Security supplement or any insurance through the school? If not, I would contact the local social services department and see what may be available for you.

None of us knows what if anything the new health insurance bill in Washington will bring plus whatever it does it may be months or years away.

This is a USA problem but there are others around the world in similar situations. How do we cover the hard to insure?
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Major heart attack, carcinogenic shock and quad bypass 10-13-08 post myocardial infarction, old inferior MI complicated by shock and CHF, combined, Atherosclerosis, abdominal aortic Aneurysm, Seroma 7 cm, left leg. Stent in the left main vein 10-7-2014

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