When patients are advised to do a medical procedure and/or a surgical procedure such as Interstim, getting a clear idea of the cost is challenging. The reality is that patients struggling with severe IC are often desperate and willing to try just about anything. But, do you really know the cost that that procedure might incur?
One patient was shocked to receive a bill for $66,000 for the device even after she was assured by that it would be covered by insurance by her doctors office, the hospital and her health insurance company. Had she known, she would never have agreed to have the surgery because she simply can’t afford it.
This got us thinking. Has anyone really attempted to collect the actual costs incurred for Interstim® therapy in the USA, both short and long term? We thought we’d try because new IC patients need to know the potential costs of a treatment that could require multiple surgeries.
We’ve created a survey that asks Interstim® patients to share their experiences and costs. We’re interested in learning about: