Tdubz wrote:Hey guys,
I have my first post chemo colonoscopy this week and I was curious if it counts as preventative care. I had to pay for a portion of the colonoscopy that diagnosed my cancer and now I’m wondering if I should have had to pay anything at all for that one. Preventative care is supposed to be free on insurance and from a few quick searches on the internet, it looks like that includes colonoscopies. I’ll call my insurance when they open but I was just curious what yalls experiences are. I’ve read it can come down to what the doctor bills it as so maybe it wouldn’t hurt to check with him too.
Hey Tdubz - how goes it?
I know I was following closely behind you in chemo sessions and I've got my first post-treatment scope Tuesday. So gonna eat up some good foods today, as tomorrow its all liquid. Not to mention 6pm is the beginning of the "toilet" march with the "GoLytely" (haha, yeah quite the opposite of lightly.)
Anyhow as far as the colonoscopy being preventative, I can tell you this - I had what's called my surgery pre-admission meeting last week to go over everything. First thing out of the gate I was sent to a booth where they showed me my anticipated out of pocket cost for the colonoscopy. I'll be paying $2900 out of pocket, and they made sure to let me know that's just for the procedure. There will be an additional bill for the GI Doc doing the scope. This single procedure pretty much covers my entire out of pocket expense for the year though. So if I end up needing any more treatment (praying to God I don't) - it'll be covered. Right after they showed me this bill I was sent to another room to get my vitals such as blood pressure. Then they wondered why it was on the border of being high. I was like, "Well if you want a better reading, maybe you should show your patients the bill after you take blood pressure readings." LOL.
I wish squeaky clean scopes for the both of us