April 26th, 2010
10:56 AM ET

'I can't afford surgery in the U.S.,' says bargain shopper

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Sabriya Rice

When Godfrey Davies learned he needed surgery to remove polyps blocking his nasal airways, the self-described bargain shopper set out on a mission to find an affordable surgeon. He quickly learned a good deal is hard to find.

"The total numbers they were throwing at me were just incredible. I couldn't believe it," he says.

Davies, who is semiretired from his real estate business and uninsured, says he received estimates from two surgeons. When hospital, anesthesia and incidental fees were all tallied, the cheapest price he could find in Indianapolis, Indiana, was $33,127 - which he would need to pay out of pocket.

"I was speechless." Davies recalls. "It was absolutely out of the question financially for me to have this done under those circumstances."

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  1. Jeff

    I don't understand as to why we still fight health care for everyone. Quite frankly I am glad that I can see my tax dollars at work to not only help the elderly, but the people who need help such as this gentleman. I don't get how caring for one another became such a political debate. If people are sick you help them in anyway you can. It really should not be a socialistic to care for your fellow man/woman.

    April 26, 2010 at 11:29 am |