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Approx Cost of Pacemaker ?

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JohnSurrey

Anyone had a pacemaker supplied and fitted here or in Thailand and if so what sort of price is it?

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John, I know that you only asked about pacemakers, but when I had a heart device implanted, they put in one that not only has the pacemaker function, but also defibrillation and ongoing analysis. I went back to the US to have this done, as I would have had to have paid for the whole thing if I would have had it done here (due to the way my insurance works). In the US, they knew the insurance rules to minimize the costs to me, whereas in the Philippines, they would have just gone ahead without any concern for the insurance implications. In my case, Tricare and Medicare required that I be on a specific list of medications for at least 90 days prior to the implant was done before they would cover it, and the doctors in the US knew this. Doctors here had no idea that this was the case, and they would have proceeded with the implant without delay.

In the end, the cost of the implant will be somewhat dependent on the device they actually implant. They are not all created equal. Some will set a rhythm, but won't do anything for you in the event of a heart attack. Others will attempt to save your life if you have a heart attack. Others monitor everything that is going on with your heart, in addition to the above functions. The price of the devices is dependent on what they do. Obviously, the cost of a stay in a US hospital is a lot more than a stay in a hospital here, but the other costs might leave you reeling, if your insurance won't touch them due to the way decisions were handled prior to the implant.

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