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Colonoscopies ‘R Us Update 2009 and 2013 October 8, 2009

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2009: The reckoning has come in the mail. The colonoscopy will only be $267.30! I guess you have to amortize it over the ten years of not having to go back.

Only $26.73 per year or  just pennies per day…… Can you tell I’ve listened to a public radio pledge drive?

To learn more about colon cancer, visit the STOP colon cancer site.

2013: Are my friends who have refused to have colonoscopies wrong? At least in 2013, we know that alternatives are being investigated. As a cancer survivor, I find the idea of a ten-year pass very appealing. However, you must still pay attention to things like diet, exercise and  your family medical history.

I may have mentioned this in another post, but I did not learn about my family cancer history, until being diagnosed with it myself in my 20’s (the immortal decade).


To ER or Not to ER? October 6, 2009

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It costs $20 for me to see a doctor during the day.  After hours, it is $100. Yesterday, I ended up doing both. Even as we drove the Emergency Dept, I was trying to calculate whether it was worth it.  My driver said, sensibly, that it was good to rule things out, like whether the headache was a migraine and were the antibiotics working on that suspected staph infection. Luckily the headache did not impress anyone and I was given two extra drugs via IV drip–Vancomycin and a drug in the Cephalosporin class. But there was still a pain in my head.

After 2 hours of the IV and a little drama from her wimpiness (me) while the IV found a home, I was discharged to go home and sleep. That didn’t work so well.

On the mend, but the totals for the month are off to a bad start. My driver is the best!

Daily Total $120 for copays, $6.00 for parking= $126.00

It’s a “Procedure”-Until the Bill Arrives September 22, 2009

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Then it’s surgery! Well, the colonoscopy paperwork arrived today. Total costs before adjustments: $2809 (no biopsies or polyps-that gets it to almost $9000). After provider adjustments $2243.46. My share $402.19. And I’ve already met my deductible, so if that wasn’t the case, make that $602.19.  I am most grateful that only one CPT code will apply to the surgery, I mean procedure.

I also noticed that the lovely, lovely injectable drug cost $70. My last dose of nitrous oxide at the dentist cost $100 and was not delivered through an IV. I would have thought that IV delivery would be more expensive. Especially for a person like me who needs drugs in order to receive drugs!

I’m not saying that it’s too expensive (how would I know?), or not worth it (this I do know), only that this is getting to be an expensive month for me. And I have insurance in a PPO plan where I receive 80% coverage. I know some plans are now 70/30 splits. Would I have been able to find to find a discount or lower cost provider? In theory, there is a “Colonoscopies R’ Us”, in practice would you want to go there?

Total today $402.19

Month to date:$650.68

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