Our Prices: Best Value.

High-Quality Low-Cost Urology Care.

New York Urology Specialists offer the highest quality care. In fact, we offer one of the best values for urology care in the United States.  It is no wonder that patients come to us not only from other states in the USA but also from other countries.  

If you have any questions, to schedule a consultation or if you need a second opinion, please contact us or call: (646) 663-4477.  

We offer affordable, highest-quality urology care with or without insurance.   Find out our office hours or directions to our office. We offer weekday, weekend and evening office hours.

When you’re choosing a doctor, you need to take an account of a few important factors that can significantly raise the cost of your overall care.

–          Doctor’s record of prescribing less expensive generic medications

–          Doctor’s use of high quality but less expensive non-hospital based testing facilities

–          Doctor’s use of the highest quality but less expensive hospitals for hospital care

–          Doctor’s use of less expensive testing facilities

–          Doctor’s use of outpatient, high-quality surgical centers for procedures that do not require a hospital stay.

What is the Real Cost of Your Healthcare?

When you look at prices charged by a physician, you need to understand what value is being provided to you for that price. A low price might indicate low value; a high price may not necessarily provide a high value either.  A doctor who charges you $150 may not be a better value than a doctor who charges $500. If a doctor charges $150 and spends 5 minutes with you, you’re effectively paying at a rate of $1800 per hour.  If a doctor charges you $500 and spends 30 minutes with you, you’re paying at a rate of $1,000 per hour.  Effectively the $150 doctor visit is 80% more expensive than the $500 visit.

If you pay a $30 copay and it takes a doctor four or five 5-minute visits to make a diagnosis and initiate treatment, your cost out of pocket is $120-$150.  At New York Urology Specialists, we routinely see patients with complex urological problems for second and third opinions and often can make a diagnosis and initiate care for many patients in as few as two to three visits, which means that your costs will be dramatically lower.

New York Urology Specialists: Highest Value, Lowest Overall Cost Urology Care

When you choose a urologist or any medical doctor or surgeon, you need to understand what costs you can expect to incur.  Many insurance plans have high copays, high co-insurance amounts, and often high deductibles.  You may be surprised when you examine the costs of care in detail.

What is important to recognize is that physician visits typically account for only a small part of your overall healthcare costs. However what physician orders can cost a great deal.  Costs of medications, costs of laboratory (blood) tests and costs of imaging (CT, MRI, PET scan) are significantly greater than the cost of a physician visit.

Typical Costs of Care for Kidney Stones:

–          Doctor Visit – 5 visits per year at $200 / visit and $1000 surgical fee = $2,000 per year

–          Imaging (CT Scan, Ultrasound):  $800-$5,000 per year

–          Tests and Blood work:  $150-$600 per year.

–          Medications to Prevent Kidney Stones    $1440 – $3,000 / year

–          Lithotripsy (Ureteroscopy, ESWL, PCNL) to break kidney stones:  $3,000-$25,000 per year

As you can see the doctor fees account for only 10-15% of your care.  To save money, you need to focus on your biggest expenses: the costs of medications, and hospital procedures/surgeries.

How Do New York Urology Specialists Help You Save Money?

The doctors at New York Urology Specialists understand that many of our patients pay all or a significant part of their healthcare costs. Healthcare is becoming less and less affordable. Our goal is to provide you with top-notch urological care while not breaking your bank.

What we do to help you:

We Help to Keep Your Medication Costs Down

Whenever possible we prescribe equally effective but less expensive prescription medications (generic medications).  As a matter of fact, ProPublica, a nationally recognized independent organization rated Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger as the #1 prescriber of generic prescriptions in the entire state with only 6% brand name prescriptions compared to an average of 21% for all urologists.  According to ProPublica, he prescribed fewer medications on average at a lower average cost per prescription.  By choosing New York Urology Specialists, you will save money while getting outstanding urology care.

An average patient has 2-3 prescriptions that are taken all the time. With average copays for generic medications ranging from $0-15 and branded prescriptions ranging from $20-80 per month or more, the math is simple: 12 months of a generic medication with a $10 copay will cost you $120/year. A similar medication with $40 copay per year will cost you $420 per year, a difference of $300 per year. If you take 3 prescriptions per year, you will save $900 per year with a doctor that prescribes less costly but equally effective medications.

We Help to Keep Your Test Costs Down

By optimizing your evaluation using the latest research we do not order unnecessary tests, which saves you money.  In addition, for patients who have no insurance, we have arranged for savings of 50-70% from partner laboratories.

We Keep the Costs of Radiology Imaging (CT, MRI, PET, US) Down

By being an independent practice, we have the choice of referring you to less-expensive high-quality outpatient radiology facilities that have reasonable rates and offer discounts for patients who pay out-of-pocket or with high-deductible plans.   Hospital-employed physicians, on the other hand, will typically refer you to hospital-owned facilities which often charge 3-10 times more for the same tests, often read by the same radiologists.

We Help to Keep Your Hospital Costs Down

Whenever a procedure can be performed in the office or an outpatient surgery center instead of the hospital, we offer that as an option, which can save our patients thousands of dollars for even minor surgeries.

It is important to realize that by being an independent urology practice, Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger can offer you a choice of hospitals and independent lower-cost ambulatory surgery centers.  When you choose a hospital-employed urologist on the other hand, typically you do not have a choice of where to have your procedure or surgery – that doctor is contractually tied to the hospital that pays his or her salary. If a urologist is employed by a high-cost hospital, you will be involuntarily exposed to high-costs of care in that hospital – that includes high-cost laboratory tests, high-cost procedure costs, high-cost imaging costs (CT scans, MRI, etc) and high-cost hospital costs.

Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is affiliated with a broad range of top hospitals in the New York area including those that offer significantly lower charges.  For the same surgery on kidney stones that Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger will personally perform, one hospital may charge you $6,000 while another hospital may charge you $18,000. If your hospital coinsurance is 20%, by choosing a high-quality lower-cost hospital you will instantly save $2,400 – enough for a nice vacation!  Of course, the choice of hospitals is yours. Our fees are the same no matter what hospital you choose.

With more and more urologists being employed by high-cost hospitals, the choice is clear – New York Urology Specialists, one of the few truly independent practices in the New York Metro area offers not only better financial value but often a higher quality of care.  In fact, we routinely see consultations for the second opinion from major hospitals, medical schools and medical centers in the country.  It is not surprising that many international patients choose New York Urology Specialists for their care.

If you have any questions, to schedule a consultation or if you need a second opinion, please contact us or call: (646) 663-4477.  

We offer affordable, highest-quality urology care with or without insurance.   Find out our office hours or directions to our office. We offer weekday, weekend and evening office hours.