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Broken or Dislocated Finger Cost


How Much Does a Broken or Dislocated Finger Cost?

 
average costWith Health Insurance: 10%-30% Coinsurancehigh costWithout Health Insurance: $1,000-$5,000+
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A finger fracture can be a major injury, and symptoms can include severe pain, swelling and difficulty moving the finger. Treatment can range from non-invasive taping to very invasive surgery with hardware. It is important to seek immediate treatment for a dislocated or broken finger because improper healing can cause long-term stiffness, pain and problems with hand function.

Typical costs:

  • Without health insurance, diagnosis and treatment for a broken or dislocated finger typically includes the cost of the X-ray, a facility fee and a doctor fee for a typical total of less than $1,000 for non-surgical treatment up to $5,000 or more for surgical treatment. A finger X-ray costs an average of $100, according to NewChoiceHealth.com[1] , but some providers charge $1,000 or more. Non-surgical treatment of a finger dislocation or fracture costs $360 to $479, not including the doctor fee, while surgical treatment costs about $2,700 to $3,400, not including the doctor fee, according to Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center[2] in Lincoln, NE. A typical doctor fee for non-surgical treatment of a fracture would include $90 to $200 for an office visit and could also include $250 to $950 for a procedure, such as realignment, or $2,000 or more for surgery, according to Carolina Orthopaedic Surgery Associates[3] .
  • Treatment for a broken or dislocated finger is typically covered by health insurance. Costs for a patient with insurance would typically include an X-ray copay, an office visit copay and coinsurance of 10% to 30% or more for the procedure. The cost could reach $1,000 or more if surgery is required.
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What should be included:
  • For a dislocated finger, the doctor probably will use local anesthesia, physically manipulate the finger to realign the joints, and apply a splint. eMedicineHealth.com[4] has an overview of treatment for a dislocated finger.
  • The doctor usually can realign the bones, then apply a splint or cast that will stay in place for at least three weeks. For certain severe breaks, a surgeon will have to insert pins, screws or other hardware to hold the bones in place, and general anesthesia might be required. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons[5] offers a primer on broken fingers.
Additional costs:
  • Going to an emergency room for initial treatment could add a $500 emergency room visit fee to the final bill.
  • An ambulance ride could cost $500 or more. For example, Montgomery County, MD,[6] charges $300 to $800, depending on care provided, plus $7.50 per mile.
  • Physical therapy might be required, at $50 to $75 or more per session. For example, Akron General[7] offers a physical therapy price list.
Discounts:
  • Some hospitals and orthopedic specialists offer discounts for uninsured/cash paying patients. For example, the Southern California Orthopedic Institute offers discounted services for cash-paying patients, and the Northwest Community Hospital Orthopedic Services Center[8] , in Chicago, offers discounts for prompt payment.
  • Some clinics, such as the Community Health Free Clinic[9] in Chicago, offer orthopedic specialty care. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services[10] offers a directory of federally funded health centers. These centers are open to anyone and fees are charged on a sliding scale based on federal poverty guidelines; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends contacting clinics directly for specific information on their discount policies. If nearest clinics do not offer orthopedic care, ask for a referral.
Shopping for a broken or dislocated finger:
  • An orthopedic surgeon or a hand surgeon -- who could be an orthopedic surgeon, a plastic surgeon or a general surgeon -- should be consulted for a broken finger. However, a sports medicine doctor also could treat a broken or dislocated finger. The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery[11] offers an orthopedic specialist finder by city, state or zip code. The American Society for Surgery of the Hand[12] offers a surgeon locator, but it is important to verify that the doctor is board-certified in either orthopedic (The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery[13] ), plastic (The American Board of Plastic Surgery[14] ) or general (The American Board of Surgery[15] ) surgery. The American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine offers a doctor locator.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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  1.  www.newchoicehealth.com/Directory/Procedure/102/Finger%20X-Ray
  2.  tp.chi.acelogicus.net/nese/Default.aspx
  3.  www.c-osa.com/charges.htm
  4.  www.emedicinehealth.com/finger_dislocation/page7_em.htm
  5.  orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00257
  6.  www6.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgtmpl.asp?url=/content/pio/ems/faqs.asp
  7.  www.akrongeneral.org/portal/page/portal/AGMC_PAGEGROUP/Price_guide/PRICE_GUIDE6
  8.  www.nch.org/medical-services/orthopedic-services/index.php
  9.  www.communityhfc.org/referals.htm
  10.  findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/Search_HCC.aspx
  11.  www.abos.org/find-a-certified-orthopaedic-surgeon.aspx
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