Costs

These are the costs I’ve incurred and paid out-of-pocket since this adventure began.  Most of it is parking and copays.

$10 Copay for Dr De La Cruz consultation
$10 Copay for Dr Nguyen consultation
$30 Copay for Emergency Room
$5 Parking (MRI, CT, ER)
$10 Copay for Dr Ahrendt consultation
$5 Parking for Dr Ahrendt
$5 Parking for Mammogram
$5 Parking for biopsy (paid by mom)
$10 Copay for second Dr Ahrendt appt
$5 Parking for Dr Ahrendt (paid by hubs)
$5 Parking for Dr Ahrendt (paid by mom)
$10 Copay for Dr Gimbel consultation
$2 Parking for Dr Gimbel
$10 copay for Dr Stern
$5 parking for Dr Stern
$25 Macy’s pajamas
$25 Target bathrobe
$73 Amazon (tray and pillow)
$26 TLC (surgical drain belt)
$100 vistaprint (thank you notes)
$100 hospital parking (paid by parents and hubs throughout the week)
$285 deductible for ER visit
$10 copay Dr Gimbel
$15 copay Dr Sukumvanich
$25 copay Dr Brufsky
$15 copay Dr Balk
$5 parking Dr Sukumvanich
$5 parking Dr Brufsky
$15 copay Dr Stern
$5 parking Dr Stern
$20 Kohls pajamas
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$876 TOTAL

 

This is what was billed to my insurance (note that I have insurance through UPMC, which is also the hospital I went to, so these costs appear lower than they probably were) for the breast surgery only (not for all of the pre-op appts):

$26.64 Saline ordered by home-care nurse
$495 Three visits by home-care nurse
$90571.75 Hospital stay
$6893 Anesthesia
$20498 Breast reconstruction (plastic surgeon)
$1153 pathology
$4832.80 mastectomy (breast surgeon assist)
$9181.00 mastectomy (breast surgeon)
$414.00 tumor analysis
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$134,065.91 TOTAL

 

This is what was billed to my insurance (note that I have insurance through UPMC, which is also the hospital I went to, so these costs appear lower than they probably were) for the hysterectomy only (not for all of the pre-op appts):

$3810.00 Dr Sukumvanich for hysterectomy
$436 pathology
$529 pathology
$1808 anesthesia
$7241.60 hospital stay
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$13824.60 TOTAL

4 comments

  1. Thank you so much for this information! Although I have a different insurance policy (which, I am convinced, is owned & operated by the Devil himself) it is nice to have some type of barometer of what to expect. I am starting on my journey, and was given BRCA2 diagnosis earlier this year. Still in the decision process, but leaning toward the oophorectomy in the near future.

    1. I’m glad it was helpful. I was really surprised by the amount of out-of-pocket costs – even just parking every time I went to an appt adds up to a lot! It’s good to know, even if you have great insurance, that it’s going to cost some cash and to have an idea of how much.

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