25 doctors weighed in:
Do doctors charge more for robot surgery?
25 doctors weighed in

6 doctors agree
In brief: No
Doctors charge according to the procedure performed, not according to the technique they use.
A robot hysterectomy requires extra training for a physician, and may require longer to perform than an open procedure, but i personally find those costs are balanced by the benefits to my patients. It is gratifying as a physician to see the excellent results with robotic techniques.

In brief: No
Doctors charge according to the procedure performed, not according to the technique they use.
A robot hysterectomy requires extra training for a physician, and may require longer to perform than an open procedure, but i personally find those costs are balanced by the benefits to my patients. It is gratifying as a physician to see the excellent results with robotic techniques.
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Surgery - Colorectal
5 doctors agree
In brief: No
Gemerally the same and is covered by insurance.

In brief: No
Gemerally the same and is covered by insurance.
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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2 comments
Dr. Lillian Schapiro
Doctors actually are paid the most by insurance companies currently for a traditional laparotomy. Reimbursements for laparoscopic and robotic procedures are the same.
Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
Depends on the provider and insurance. In general no.
Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Cost
Some do, but in general, most just charge the same whether it is robotic or just laparoscopic.
Robotic surgery is like having a better set of instruments. I enjoy using them and it helps me, but i don't charge patients for it.

In brief: Cost
Some do, but in general, most just charge the same whether it is robotic or just laparoscopic.
Robotic surgery is like having a better set of instruments. I enjoy using them and it helps me, but i don't charge patients for it.
Dr. Gregg Nishi
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1 comment
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
While the surgeon does not charge more, the hospital will very likely charge much more for the use of the robotic device and supplies.
Dr. Jamal Mourad
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: No!
Robotic technology is simply a tool that allows the surgeon to have better visualization and dexterity when performing minimally invasive surgery.
The surgeons fee is the same regardless of what tools are being utilized

In brief: No!
Robotic technology is simply a tool that allows the surgeon to have better visualization and dexterity when performing minimally invasive surgery.
The surgeons fee is the same regardless of what tools are being utilized
Dr. Jamal Mourad
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic
2 doctors agree
In brief: Generally NO
The cost of equipment and supplies are generally more expensive for robotic procedures.
For surgeons to safely provide robotic surgery, they require more training and experience. The procedures often can take longer then other techniques. However, it is common for the insurance companies to pay less for the surgeon services and procedure.

In brief: Generally NO
The cost of equipment and supplies are generally more expensive for robotic procedures.
For surgeons to safely provide robotic surgery, they require more training and experience. The procedures often can take longer then other techniques. However, it is common for the insurance companies to pay less for the surgeon services and procedure.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Dr. Renee Harris
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: We can
Docors can charge whatever they decide for any procedure.
We are paid on a schedule by the insurance companies with whom we have contracts. The payments are the same no matter the method of the surgery, so the short answer is we are paid the same for either. Most of us also charge the same.

In brief: We can
Docors can charge whatever they decide for any procedure.
We are paid on a schedule by the insurance companies with whom we have contracts. The payments are the same no matter the method of the surgery, so the short answer is we are paid the same for either. Most of us also charge the same.
Dr. Renee Harris
Dr. Renee Harris
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Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
The hospital may charge you extra if the costs are not covered by insurance.

In brief: No
The hospital may charge you extra if the costs are not covered by insurance.
Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Extra
Some surgeons do most do not

In brief: Extra
Some surgeons do most do not
Dr. Richard Sarle
Dr. Richard Sarle
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2 comments
Dr. James Lin
Price-gouging is game-play and common in all walks of profession; unfortunately, this is reality.
Dr. Richard Sarle
Some robotic surgeons is major cities like NYC take cash only; the majority work within your insurance plan; I would argue there are room any solid robotic surgeons who take cash to bother wasting your money on a "so called" expert. The docs who take insurance often have the same expertise or more.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Probably not
Most physicians use a standardized fee schedule for their charges.
The charge for a hysterectomy can vary a small amount depending on the specific route. The charge for surgery also varies when the ovaries and / or tubes are removed and when there are other associated and related procedures (anterior and/or posterior vaginal repairs for prolapse, or support procedures for urinary incontinence).

In brief: Probably not
Most physicians use a standardized fee schedule for their charges.
The charge for a hysterectomy can vary a small amount depending on the specific route. The charge for surgery also varies when the ovaries and / or tubes are removed and when there are other associated and related procedures (anterior and/or posterior vaginal repairs for prolapse, or support procedures for urinary incontinence).
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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In brief: See below
While there may be a slightly higher code for a surgeon performing robotic surgery, the hospital charges would be significantly increased for the procedure.
Also the surgical time for robotic surgery is usually a longer time in the operating room, also resulting in a larger charge for the time in the operating room from the hospital.

In brief: See below
While there may be a slightly higher code for a surgeon performing robotic surgery, the hospital charges would be significantly increased for the procedure.
Also the surgical time for robotic surgery is usually a longer time in the operating room, also resulting in a larger charge for the time in the operating room from the hospital.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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