In 1998, laser eye surgery cost more than $2200 per eye; today it’s about half that, though it’s not covered by insurance plans or by Medicare. Or maybe because it’s not covered by insurance plans or by Medicare, which have their own ideas about what medical procedures should cost.
First time I heard of LASIK the price quoted was $2,300 per eye minimum, and not exactly at high tier practitioner. That was about 6 years ago. Since then the procedure not only improved technically, it got cheaper, even not counting inflation: four grand for both eyes, performed by one of the best ophthalmic surgeons in NY. Along with cosmetic plastic surgery and orthodontist services it is among very few medical operations whose costs went down, not up — why? Because no insurance is involved, let along no government healthcare. Free market: yay.
Around here, you can get someone to perform some form of this surgery for under a thousand, though the Good Stuff inevitably costs a bit more, and I have some qualms about assembly-line surgery anyway. (Yes, I’ve looked into the matter; once upon a time I was informed I wasn’t a candidate for this sort of thing, but I was told otherwise at my most recent eye exam.) I wouldn’t mind getting rid of the glasses.