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How Much Does a Dislocated Shoulder Cost?

 
average costWith Health Insurance: 10%-50% Coinsurancehigh costWithout Health Insurance: $1,000-$8,000+
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A shoulder dislocation can be a serious injury and symptoms can include severe pain, swelling and an arm that appears to be slightly turned.

Typical costs:

  • Without health insurance, diagnosis and treatment for a dislocated shoulder typically includes the cost of the X-ray, a facility fee and a doctor fee for a typical total of less than $1,000 if anesthesia is not required up to $8,000 or more if anesthesia is required. A shoulder X-ray costs an average of $210, according to NewChoiceHealth.com[1] , but some providers charge $1,500 or more. Treatment of a dislocated shoulder without anesthesia costs about $400, not including the doctor fee, while treatment with anesthesia ranges from $2,400 to $8,700, not including the doctor fee, according to Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center[2] in Lincoln, Nebraska. A typical doctor fee could range from $250 to $950 for the procedure, according to Carolina Orthopaedic Surgery Associates[3] .
  • Treatment for a dislocated shoulder is typically covered by health insurance. A patient with insurance would typically pay an X-ray copay, an office visit copay and coinsurance of 30%or more for the procedure. The cost could reach the yearly out-of-pocket maximum if anesthesia is required.
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What should be included:
  • Dislocated shoulders often are treated in an emergency room, where the doctor will order an X-ray to confirm the diagnosis, then will physically relocate the shoulder and apply a sling to hold it in place. eMedicineHealth.com offers an overview of dislocated shoulder treatment[4] .
Additional costs:
  • A shoulder sling[5] , often used during the recovery process, can cost $30 to $80 or more. A shoulder brace[6] , which might be worn by an athlete whose shoulder was dislocated, can cost $30 to $50 or more.
  • Going to an emergency room for initial treatment could add an emergency room visit fee of $500 or more to the final bill.
Discounts:
  • Some hospitals and orthopedic specialists offer discounts for uninsured/cash paying patients. For example, Washington Hospital Healthcare System[7] in California offers a 35% discount for uninsured patients as well as a financial assistance program for qualifying uninsured patients. And the Southern California Orthopedic Institute offers discounted services for cash-paying patients.
  • Some free clinics, such as the Community Health Free Clinic[8] in Chicago, offer orthopedic specialty care. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services[9] 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 the nearest clinic doesn't offer orthopedic care, ask for a referral.
Shopping for a dislocated shoulder:
  • A dislocated shoulder might require immediate treatment at a hospital emergency room. An orthopedic surgeon would treat a dislocated shoulder, but it also could be treated by a sports medicine doctor.
  • The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery[10] offers an orthopedic surgeon locator by city, state or zip code. 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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Cost to treat dislocated shoulder
Amount: $2,037.00
Posted by: Donna Munsen in Bayonet Point, FL.Posted: November 2nd, 2013 02:11PM
Type of Treatment: Dislocated shoulderMedical Center: RMC Bayonet Point FL
Insurance: none
I dislocated my shoulder on 6/21/2006 and went to the E.R. where I spent the entire night because the doctor's couldn't put it back into the socket. Next morning, an orthopedic doctor came and fixed it in less than 5 minutes (his charge was separate, fair AND paid in full). The E.R. doctors tried 2x's and each time took x-rays afterward to see if they fixed it, which they did not. I researched the medical codes the hospital used in my treatment and discovered that the reimbursement rate from Medicare, Medicaid and an insurance comp. for this injury is $680.00, NOT the $2,037.00 they are gouging me for. I spoke with the hospital and offered them the going rate of $680.00 cash but they refused to work with me, so I refused to pay. Now they are sic'ing a collection agency on me. I am more than willing to pay a fair fee, but not this astronomical amount that they just seemed to pull out of their butts! Next time I go the E.R. my name will be Rodriguez and I will show no ID!
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Cost to treat dislocated shoulder
Amount: $2,262.00
Posted by: Venu Valluri in Bloomington, IL.Posted: May 12th, 2013 09:05PM
Type of Treatment: Dislocated shoulderMedical Center: OSF st Joseph medical center
Insurance: Aetna
OSF charged $ 2100 for medical services and Aetna paid $200+ and I paid $962. I pay $1000 a month for medical insurance provided through my employer. Now I got one more bill from the Dr who treated me for $1300 for his medical services. Something is wronging the system if I pay $2262 for a dislocated shoulder with insurance coverage.
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  1.  www.newchoicehealth.com/Directory/Procedure/97/Shoulder%20X-Ray
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  3.  www.c-osa.com/charges.htm
  4.  www.emedicinehealth.com/shoulder_dislocation/page6_em.htm
  5.  www.allegromedical.com/browse/browseProducts.do?categoryKey=4102&sortOrder=4&searchPhra...
  6.  www.return2fitness.net/Supports_And_Braces/Shoulder_Supports
  7.  www.whhs.com/about/washington-hospital-discount-policy-for-uninsured/
  8.  www.communityhfc.org/referals.htm
  9.  findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/Search_HCC.aspx
  10.  www.abos.org/find-a-certified-orthopaedic-surgeon.aspx
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