Living in the US without adequate insurance can be financially strapping. New laws and regulations aim at reducing this number; by 2020, it is expected that less than one in 15 Americans will lack health insurance. Although this figure would still not meet the standards of a developed country, it is a rosy picture when compared to the past.
Fractures are one of the commonly encountered orthopedic problems. It has been estimated that nearly 7 million Americans receive medical attention due to fractures in the US each year. On an average, an adult has to survive two fractures over their lifetime.
Extremity fracture is the most common type of fracture. It is typically seen in men younger than 45 years and in women above 45 years. As women age, there is seen a reduction in bone density and therefore the susceptibility to bone fractures is increased.
Unless your insurance plan offers adequate coverage, even a pretty simple procedure such as diagnosing and treating a broken leg can be pricey.
If you have a fracture, you will be billed for: charges for emergency room visit; physician charges; follow up charges; cost of X-ray; and charges for braces, slings, ace bandages, and suture trays among others.
Cost of X-ray can range between $150 and $220; this is essential to know if your bone is fractured. Confirmation with a CT scan can escalate the cost by an additional $500 to $1,000.
The cost of splint, cast, or other setting varies; you may have to pay $200 to $400 depending on the type of setting.
Each visit to the clinic may cost you $150 to $300. You may have to follow up every 30 days for three months.
The average cost to X-ray, set, and cast a broken leg is over $10,000.
Extent and nature of damage dictate the cost; complex fracture involving nerve or muscle damage can add up to the cost of simple fracture by several times. In addition, if you may need physical therapy due to injury, the cost can be exorbitant.
It has been found that many nursing home residents are vulnerable to leg bone fractures; many of these patients already have weakened bones, especially elderly and patients with diabetes or osteoporosis. Some of the most common reasons for broken legs in nursing homes are: incorrect walking aids; wet floors; use of restraints too often; unsafe walkways; misuse of safety equipment; physical abuse by staff members or other residents; and recklessness of staff members leading to residents not receiving timely help from falls.
If you or your loved one has been a victim of broken leg due to the negligence of the nursing home or the hospital, you may seek help from a medical malpractice or nursing home abuse attorney. You may receive financial assistance towards medical bills, lost work, and pain and suffering inflicted upon you due to broken leg.
1) About fracture and surgery charges: http://www.c-osa.com/charges.htm
2) Who me? Why now? http://www.getcoverednow.org/moreinfo.html
3) All about broken bones: http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/otherfractures/a/fracture.htm
4) How much money does it cost to fix a broken arm without health insurance?: http://thelawdictionary.org/article/how-much-money-does-it-cost-to-fix-a-broken-arm-without-health-insurance/
5) Broken legs in nursing homes and hospitals shouldn’t happen: http://www.mciverbrown.com/broken-leg-lawyer/