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    Old 09-20-2003, 05:52 PM   #16
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    Some good points in the above threads....firstly, not all colon cancers bleed...my husband had a stool test which tested negative for blood. The colonoscopy showed he had stage 111 colon cancer...not to alarm people but....
    The colonoscopy does not normally hurt and is well worth it ...better that than surgery, chemo and radiation and the uncertainty of survival.

     
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    Old 09-20-2003, 08:23 PM   #17
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    I heard you don't have to worry about colon cancer for at least the next 5 years if the doctor found nothing in a colonoscopy. Is it true?

    NO!(in my humble opinion) 5 years is a little long.

    However, my mother had colon cancer so there is a family history.

    I had a c'scopy at age 40 and there was nothing, not even a polyp. I was told to have another in 3 or 4 years. I didn't, but in year 5 I had blood(bright red) in the stool and hemmeroid medication was not having any effect on it so I saw the doc. I had a tumour that was through the wall of the rectum(no lymph nodes though). I now have a permanent colostomy.

     
    Old 10-09-2003, 08:51 PM   #18
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    I had my first colonoscopy last month. The cost was 1000.00.
    My insurance company did not pay anything because my deductible was 1000. But, it only cost me $338.00 after it went
    thru my insurance company because they have negotiated set
    prices that they pay to the Dr.'s in their plan. There is no reason
    why you can't explain to the Dr. about no insurance and try to
    negotiate a lower price. If they will settle for $338. from an
    insurance company surely they can help you out too.
    A small price to pay for piece of mind. By the way, I was passing
    blood and had changes in stool and diarrea on and off. I was
    absolutely clear . I had to wait a month for my test so if I had a
    hemoroid it must have healed. They saw no sign of any problem.
    Also, I was completely out during the procedure and remember
    nothing, not even my husband putting my clothes on or how I
    got to the car. I had no after effects either. So , go do it. : )


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    Old 10-10-2003, 09:15 PM   #19
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    I had a colonoscopy last month. The cost was $1000.00.
    However, my insurance company has set prices with the Dr.s
    in the program so the Dr's settled for $ 338.00.
    That tells you how low a price is acceptable, so don't be afraid
    to negotiate on your own with the Dr. Explain your no insurance
    and see how little he will accept.
    By the way, I was completely clear even though I had symptoms
    of change in bowl habits and rectal bleeding. The procedure was painless. I was put asleep and remember nothing including being
    dressed afterward by my husband and walking out to the car.LOL

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    Old 10-13-2003, 05:53 AM   #20
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    The prices of colonoscopies can vary but expect to pay over $1,000. Be up front with your doctor but you may experience some resistance. With all the new laws that are out, physicians can get into BIG trouble if they modify their rates since it can be seen as a 'gift' or 'favortism'. Just a thought.

     
    Old 03-11-2004, 07:09 PM   #21
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    I thought it would be about $1000, but was shocked when I saw the bill. I was charged twice for "facility charge" at $995 each. When I asked, they said it was another charge since the doctor did a biopsy to check for colitis in case I needed antibiotics. I had had aching a few weeks before, but cleared up with antibiotics. This procedure was supposed to be a routine screening, I thought. There were two colonoscopy charges by the doctor at $1000 apiece. One for the tiny polyp and one for the colitis biopsy. With the lab charge, it came to $4500. Luckily, I have medicare and will only pay a few hundred dollars, but what do those without insurance do?

     
    Old 03-20-2004, 04:02 PM   #22
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    Re: colonoscopy- how much??? no insurance!!!

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    A hospital told me $1700. But someone I know had one and he said it was less than $1000. My insurance won't pay for it because I don't have blood in the stool or family history, even tho I'm 55! I wish someone would change that rule.
    Push the insurance company!!! You can file a greivance! Many steps can be made before you give into the insurance's whim to pay or not! If you have symptoms you should be able to get the test!

    Cari

     
    Old 03-25-2004, 08:34 PM   #23
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    Re: colonoscopy- how much??? no insurance!!!

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    Originally Posted by JacquelineL
    I thought it would be about $1000, but was shocked when I saw the bill. I was charged twice for "facility charge" at $995 each. When I asked, they said it was another charge since the doctor did a biopsy to check for colitis in case I needed antibiotics. I had had aching a few weeks before, but cleared up with antibiotics. This procedure was supposed to be a routine screening, I thought. There were two colonoscopy charges by the doctor at $1000 apiece. One for the tiny polyp and one for the colitis biopsy. With the lab charge, it came to $4500. Luckily, I have medicare and will only pay a few hundred dollars, but what do those without insurance do?
    I just got a Colonoscopy and it's my estimate that all charges will add up to $7,000!! I have insurance. Everbody over-charges in hopes of getting as much as they can out of the insurance company. It's no wonder why healthcare insurance is way out of control.

     
    Old 03-26-2004, 04:55 AM   #24
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    Re: colonoscopy- how much??? no insurance!!!

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    could someone give me an idea how much colonoscopy would cost? i dont have health insurance. help!
    My colonoscopy two years ago was $1700.00 billed by the hospital. The insurance paid 1200 of it and I paid 500.00 out of pocket. I will bet that you could negotiate for 700.00 cash or payments per month with a down payment of 200.00.

     
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