Dollars and Sense: How much does a Vasectomy cost?
Dollars and Sense; one thing we can tell you for sure: a vasectomy will cost less than another child. But the price does vary. Whatever makes the most sense. The average cost of vasectomy can range from anywhere from $600 all the way up to $2,000. The first thing to consider is whether or not the procedure is performed in an office setting, which is always cheaper, or in a surgery center or hospital. Beyond that, there are huge variations in how much individual practices charge and how much of a discount those practices agree to accept from insurers as payment in full. Most of these variations are historical accidents, not carefully crafted rational policies. Since most practices list a price that is much higher than they agree to accept from insurers as payment in full, cash customers need to check carefully what they need to pay and how much that payment includes.
A vasectomy for the man who sees sense is significantly less expensive than the sterilization surgery for a woman (tubal ligation), which may be as much as five times more costly. Generally, this is because tubal ligation is a longer, more complex surgery, performed in a hospital or surgery centre and requiring a general anaesthesia. A vasectomy is simpler, safer and less expensive than a tubal ligation.
How to cover the cost of a vasectomy? First, you should contact your medical insurance company and discuss your coverage, as most insurance programs include vasectomy. In such cases, the majority of vasectomy costs will be paid through the insurance. The out-of-pocket cost to you could be only a small co-pay or deductible amount. Making the payment in cash also makes sense and is the next best option if you don’t have insurance coverage. Many practices, including ours offer a small discount for paying cash. Even if you create a special savings program in your household budget, it should not take long to put aside the total amount needed for a vasectomy. We recommend you call several urology practices and ask them what there “cash” price is … you may be pleasantly surprised? Cash dollars equals good sense.
Most medical office now accepts major credit cards. Although this makes it convenient, this means you will have to factor in the interest payments on the credit card and add that to the total cost of the procedure. You may consider paying part of it in cash and part with your credit card which may work better for your budget. If you or a loved one is seriously considering this procedure, be sure to consider everything that can be affected by it and not just the cost of a vasectomy. I it should not be entered into lightly. The cost of the procedure is just one small piece of the puzzle and with this information in hand it should be easier for you to make the best sense decision and choose the right surgeon.
In addition, private health insurers normally a pay a small rebate towards the surgery. Private health insurance fully covers the Day Surgery Centre cost (except for any excess you may have on your policy)
Make sure to disclose:-
• any allergies
• any history of prolonged bleeding or excessive bruising
• all medications whether prescribed or purchased over the counter
If you take ASPIRIN or ANTICOAGULANT drugs, these will need to be stopped for the surgery and this matter can be discussed at your initial consultation. Do not take medicines containing Aspirin (such as some cough mixtures), large amounts of vitamins or anti-inflammatory medicines for 10 days prior to surgery as these can increase the risk of bleeding.
Wear supportive underwear on the day of surgery. Arrange for someone to drive you home if you anticipate needing sedation. Otherwise a driver is not essential but a good idea.
Cost to reverse a Vasectomy?
The potential costs for a reverse vasectomy procedure can range anywhere from approximately $2,000 to $12,000, depending upon the surgeon, the type of practice where it is performed, and what part of the country the patient lives in.
Be sure to have a sound and or bullet proof current medical or health insurance plan 100% in place before you even begin the consultation process.