Have had a cataract developing in right eye for awhile. Has not been a problem regarding vision until just recently. Visited my eye MD yesterday. There now exists a "patch" of tissue on the back side of the lens. Bad news it's centered. Contracted pupils result in the light having to pass through the tissue resulting in dispersion and the out of focus vision. Left eye has started to develop a cataract. Having a $10,000 deductible on health insurance policy I asked my doc how much? His fee was reasonable. The hospital fee for the outpatient procedure (only local facility) is ~$8000/eye. Thinking that's a bit high considering my option is the local anes I emailed my 1/2 bro in NZ. Cost in Auckland ~$3000. Starting to consider a trip to NZ. Wondering what everyone else who has had cataracts have ended up paying? Classic case of our warped health care system: Stopped into the hospital pharmacy to say Hi to my old co-workers. While visiting a situation arose where an outpatient cataract patient forgot to fill or just forgot at home his pre & post procedure eye drops. RPh I use to work with told me the hospital fee for those 2 gtts would be ~$200. At work today (retail Rx) I checked out what the stores retail price for cash paying person would be. ~$115. I know the hospital acquisition costs are significantly less than the retail pharmacy acquisition costs are. This is a non-profit community hospital. Hmmm... I guess high overhead costs justifies & our wonderful system allows for the excessive margin.