A simple plan for an urgent surgery may sound like a simple solution to a tricky emergency, but for many it can be the difference between life and death.
The National Emergency Medical Services Association (NEMSA) has launched a survey that aims to find out how many people are actually able to afford an emergency operation.
The survey is part of its “We’re Here for You” campaign and it will be launched on Tuesday morning.
“We wanted to find what is the reality for people with the emergency that they need, the costs, and the cost of emergency surgery,” says NEMSA CEO Mark Wainwright.
“In order to understand what people need, we want to know how much they’re paying and we want people to be able to find that out in their own time.”
According to the survey, the average cost of an emergency hospital surgery is $4,500, which is around $8,000 less than what the average family would pay.
But some people are going to need a lot more than that.
A total of 5,000 people were asked to complete a questionnaire on how much a family would need to pay to get an emergency hip replacement, for example.
“For a family of four, the initial costs for a hip replacement would be $8.3 million,” says Wainbowys survey co-author, Dr. Peter Gormley.
So for that family, that would be roughly $8 million for the hip replacement. “
This would be a family with three children.
But not everyone is as fortunate.””
The next cost would probably be $4 million.”
But not everyone is as fortunate.
“Some people are very wealthy and can afford to pay a lot of money, but not everyone,” says Gormly.
“The more money you can afford, the more things you can do.”
If you have a medical emergency and need to see a specialist in the US, the cost will be around $2.4 million.
“I would definitely recommend to the family to take their time,” says Dr. Wainwaes survey cofounder, Dr Mark Wainsmith.
“I don’t think we’re going to see an increase in the numbers of people needing to be admitted to the hospital.”