I fell and broke my knee nine years ago. My doctor told me then that I would need a knee replacement in five years, so I am living and walking on borrowed time. Last night on NBC Nightly News, we learned that Brian Williams required knee replacement surgery which reportedly costs from $27,000 to $70,000 depending on local prices. Not very competitive are they. And one can’t go shopping for insurance either since insurers don’t cover pre-existing conditions. The healthcare insurers and the healthcare industry put their customers between a rock and a hard place. What I care about is the bottom line, how much will knee surgery cost me after Medicare and secondary insurance have paid the majority of the costs? That is what concerns me most and not knowing is causing me to postpone surgery as long as I can.
- NBC’s Brian Williams to take leave for surgery (thenewstribune.com)
- Knee replacement costs vary, but the parts are built to last (nbcnews.com)