January 1, 2017
As we look back on 2016, my team and I cared for more patients than ever before. When we created this website in 2010, our concept was to establish a hernia surgery center of excellence, and create a unique affordable pricing structure. Since then we have helped thousands of patients from all over the United States. We’ve had patients from every single state, as well as Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia. We have not had one single patient from Canada, which shows you how much better the Canadians take care of their fellow citizens than we Americans do.
Our patients are a diverse group. Many are in the trades (carpenters, electricians, plumbers, etc.). But we also see farmers, teachers, chiropractors, musicians, and writers. We see recent immigrants (some of whom are undocumented), and others whose families have lived in the USA for generations. We see people who live in cities, as well as folks who live in places so remote they are “off the grid”. We see patients who have no insurance, patients who have high deductibles, and also patients who are looking for a quality high-volume hernia center. That’s us!
Virtually all of them work and pay taxes, and yet most of them make the trek to our hernia center because of financial barriers that prevent them from getting care where they live. We commonly hear that hernia surgery charges can be $20,000 in people’s home towns. Of course, it is often difficult (sometimes impossible) for patients to even get an accurate estimate of what they’ll owe before committing to surgery. I am embarrassed to be a part of a system that is both greedy and predatory–preying on patients who are unable to know the price of what they need to buy. Gas stations always post their prices. Doctors and hospitals, not so much.
As expected, we see more patients from states where there is a large uninsured population. So we have a lot of folks traveling from Texas and Florida, but very few from Massachusetts and Vermont. And, also not surprising, we see many people coming from the “Red” states that did not expand Medicaid, which left many of their lower-income citizens without access to care (Virginia, the Carolinas, etc),. The national uninsured rate is now at an all time low, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. But if the ACA is repealed and not replaced, the numbers will rise again.
My hope is that some day all Americans will have access to quality health care, as is true in every other modern society on our planet. Like education, getting medical and surgical care for our families should be universal, and not limited by whether we can afford it.
Until that time, AffordableHerniaSurgery.com will continue to provide high quality surgical care with a fair price. I can’t tell you how many times patients have thanked me (often before surgery) for the “service” we are providing. I assure them that all we are doing is treating them fairly. The surgical and medical staff involved with their care are all making salaries, but we are just not being greedy about it. It’s too bad that this is such an unusual situation in the medical business.
Best wishes to all of my friends and patients for a Happy and Healthy 2017.
Alan B. Kravitz, MD