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I Just Paid for Top-Notch Surgery with Bitcoin and Gold

I Just Paid for Top-Notch Surgery with Bitcoin and GoldYou could say we’re “self-insured” health-wise, meaning that we just save our money each month instead of shelling it out to corporate insurance companies. And when you’re self-insured, price tags suddenly take on serious meaning in a way that those with third party insurance never worry about.

Green Aliens from Space

There was just one problem—the overwhelming majority of corporate medical establishments don’t have prices. In fact, my partner and I had asked a few local hospitals and clinics for a quote on a bicep repair surgery, and received confused silences and blank stares each time. These receptionists appeared to have literally never been asked for the price of a surgery before. We didn’t realize that asking for a simple price quote had made us the equivalent of green aliens from space until we saw staffers’ almost-horrified reactions to our question.

So on that Sunday afternoon, seeing my partner in the vulnerable state of admitted defeat, a light went on in my head: that one surgery place in Oklahoma. I remembered someone had posted about it on Facebook a couple of years ago, this place that was becoming famous for the simple and apparently revolutionary act of having a price list.

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A primary care physician by training, my passion is researching and writing about the importance restoring patient centered care, supporting independent private physicians, promoting free-market solutions and seeking sustainable fiscal policy in healthcare.

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