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Cost of Cataract Surgery in Alaska

The cost of cataract eye surgery in Alaska depends upon a great number of factors. There are many things that can make surgery more or less expensive. Insurance is the most important factory when you're considering cataract eye surgery. If this procedure is covered by your insurance, you should find out which hospitals and doctors are included in your plan and choose the one with the best coverage. In most cases, any type of insurance coverage will be better than even the most affordable surgery choice when you're paying out of pocket. In addition to covering part of the cost, insurance companies are able to negotiate a lower price upfront.

There are three different types of cataract surgery. The simplest, cheapest, and most common is known as phacoemulsification. This surgery typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete. There are no stitches and the cataract is removed with minimal sedation. Extracapsular cataract surgery is more complex. An artificial lens is inserted into the eye and the patient will need sutures and a numbing injection around the eye. Even more difficult is intracapsular cataract surgery. With this surgery, the lens is removed from the eye and repositioned. This is rarely used except in cases of severe trauma. The more involved the process is, the more it will cost.

If you're not limited by insurance restraints, you should call around for estimates of the cost of cataract surgery in Alaska hospitals near you. Keep in mind that most ophthalmologists have practicing privileges at a single hospital. If you want your individual doctor to be able to do the surgery, you may not have a choice in where you go. By choosing another hospital, you may also have to commit to choosing a different doctor. You should take location into account as well. Cataract surgery is a brief outpatient procedure and you will need someone to drive you home after it has been completed.

The best known hospitals in Alaska are located in Anchorage. US News ranked Alaska Regional Hospital and Providence Alaska Medical Center as the best hospitals in the state. According to New Choice Health, the estimated costs for cataract surgery in Alaska hospitals are as follows: * Alaska Native Medical Center - $11,000 * Alaska Regional Hospital - $8,700 * Mat-su Regional Medical Center - $5,700 * Alaska Surgery Center - $5,000 * Geneva Woods Surgical Center - $5,000 * Providence Alaska Medical Center - $3,700 These pricing estimates are subject to change at any time and may vary depending on the specifics of your condition.

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