How much does breast reconstruction cost?
The Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act is a federal law passed in 1998 that requires all group health plans that cover mastectomies to also provide coverage for reconstructive surgery as well as other post-mastectomy benefits (such as an external breast prosthesis or lymphedema treatment).
Breast reconstruction surgery after breast cancer is considered a reconstructive procedure and should be covered by health insurance. However, your coverage may only provide a portion of the total fee. Be sure to consult with your insurance company in advance of any surgery.
Breast reconstruction costs may include:
- Surgeon's fee
- Hospital or surgical facility costs
- Anesthesia fees
- Prescriptions for medication
- Post-surgery garments
- Medical tests and imaging
When choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon for breast reconstruction, remember that the surgeon's experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery.