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    colonoscopy

    Well I have been putting off getting one for a couple years after turning 50. I had pretty much heard you better get one when you turn 50.

    Ok so I have no clue what its going to cost other then my brother told me that he had gotten one a few years back but it was with the shorter scope and the one that they didnt put you out. He claimed he wouldnt go that route again and would pay the extra for a true colonoscopy.

    Ok so he was saying the one he had was somewhere around $650 but didnt remember for sure. Im thinking I better check the cost being I have $5000 deductable on my insurance to keep the cost down. It allows for $500 worth of doctors visits for things like phycicals or minor stuff before Im stuck paying anything up tp $5000. I just wanted major medical for something drastic.


    Ok so now Im thinking that high of deduductal may not be too smart lol. Called to see what a colonoscopy costs ......... $1600 - $2400, I was shocked. I had no clue it was that high.


    I know Im going to have to just pay it but it does piss me off a little when you look at what they are charging for something that I hear takes 20 minutes and they want to to get pretty often as preventive medicine against colon cancer.

    I have been pretty lucky and have not had too many medical problems so I havnt been paying out much other then premiums on my health insurance. It just torks me that Im probably paying a lot more then my insurance company would even be willing to pay, I see that a lot with my brother. He has medical problems and ends up paying a lot of the differance over what his insurance company is willing to pay for certain procedures.

    Ok so Im realizing why I have been hearing so many people complaining at heath care costs. It never really afected me but now that Im getting older , I see where its going to.



    THIS SUCKS

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    Yes it does suck. We have a health savings account (HSA). We paid out of it up to 2000 grand and then the insurance company pays. So the trick is to wait until the end of the year to get major things done because by then you used up you deductible.

    I have always been pretty healthy. My doctor talked me into my colonoscope. It is cheaper if you get the one without anestisea (sp). Since you are wide awake you get to watch the whole (hole) thing on TV. They found 10 pre cancerous pallops up there. The surgent cuts them out as he goes. Kinda like a computer game. "Hey look at that one. There I got that one. etc. "

    Since they found 10 of those bad boys they suggest that I get one every 3 years. I can't say I'm looking forward to them but I tell you the I wouldn't miss one now.

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    Ya Benncool , that was what I was kind of thinking as far as stalling off to the beginning of next year. I might do a physical right before the end of this year being that will be covered by the $500 misc coverage. They say I need the physical before they will do a colonoscopy.

    How old were you when you got your first colonoscopy ????? I see your 62 now.


    Just currious if they told you the colon scope was as good as the colonoscopy ???? My brother thought the colonoscopy would be better being it travels a lot farthe and that way the wont miss anything ......... not sure there is any truth to that .


    Guess I shouldnt be so cheap with my life but it still sounds awfull high in cost. I just hate getting screwed.


    Hummmmm ...... better not go there, mabe I would be better being awake with my pants down.

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    I was about 55 when my regular doctor gave me the "short" version right in his office. They found nothing at that time. I was 60 when I got the big one. Thats when they found 10 of the little criters. The last time I went to my regular doctor he said that he doesn't even do the short version any more. He send everyone right over to the hospital

    No option --you get the whole nine yards in this town. It is a hospital procedure with a nurse assisting in an OR . All the little extras cost extra. Don't let them talk you into putting you out. It doesn't hurt at all. Plus then you have to pay for an anistesist.(sp)

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    I would have done it for a lot les....Hey waytaminit I've just found out where you guy's keep your colons- that's disgusting..I ain't going up there for all the tea in China!!

    Cheers

    Richard

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    is there any history of any form of cancer in your family is the big question.50 is the age to start considering a check and forgrt the short test garbage.my brother had a short test in 97' started showing blood when "he went" all thru 99' in into 2000.got to a point he couldn't go due to a retriction/blockage when he went in for a full they found a cancerous golfball size sist up in his collan that was missed in the early stages back in 97.he was operated on in late 2000 and waked out with a colonoscophy bag ans his ass sewed up.he had to make a decision...no kemo radiation and live 3 more months,or take the program which he did and he hung on and passed away a week before 9-11 here in NYC.it not buying new tires....you don't need to run out tommorrow and get it... plan it and find out the difference with exams 51,52,53 and that will give you something to base the furture exames on.both me and my brother went that fall for exams after my brother passed away,and repeated it again in 2002,we were both told see you guys in 2008.so as you see time passes real fast don't let your 50s go by and end up missing something and take the hit in your 60s..if anybody reading this has any blood showing when the go head right to the doctor and it might be more then just a hemoroid.
    "when in doubt...jump it out" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1qEZHhJubY

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    How much is your life worth?

    I had to have one done and they saved my life. Beside the prep, which is tolerable, I don't remember the rest, except I felt better afterwards. I still feel good to this day.

    get er done

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    Quote Originally Posted by WaterholeWally View Post
    How much is your life worth?
    Car companies say 200 kilobucks but the 911 fund had some people worth $2M.

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    "The Last Well Person" book talked about this. A doctor in that book said, "There's $1000 in every colon. All you have to do is take it."

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    I had one about a month ago, the prep was god awful, they did upper also cause I was having acid reflux problems. don't remember anything on the upper, but woke up during the lower watched them take out 6 polips, he wants to repeat in a year. mix the stuff with chicken broth makes it better.

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    Frown endoscopy

    Quote Originally Posted by TerraPropHVAC View Post
    I had one about a month ago, the prep was god awful, they did upper also cause I was having acid reflux problems. don't remember anything on the upper, but woke up during the lower watched them take out 6 polips, he wants to repeat in a year. mix the stuff with chicken broth makes it better.
    i had both too , watch that reflux as it can ruin your esophogus(hope that's spelled right) , i,m on nexium every day & no more heartburn ever.........Jack

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    Had mine about 2 months ago. Had lemon flavored prep. Tasted like Mountain Dew mixed with Mobil 1. Had the gastro doc and 5 nurses. He gave me some stuff to "relax" I was laying there watching the T.V. and they are talking about some movie. The screen started moving around and then I felt something cold The screen stopped moving and I watched the whole thing. I was the last patient on Friday so every one was anxious to leave. I had to fart before I could go. I took a while and then RIPPP! I got a standing ovation. Good thing I work at the hospital. Oh by the way, I was clean .
    There's TREACHERY AFOOT!!!

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    A few years ago i needed a procedure done myself. I called several doctors and kept getting prices like 1500.00 2500.00 . Im thinking sheesh am i ever going to get this done?
    I was telling my mom about it who is a 70 year old retired nurse. She said to call them back and tell them you have NO insurance. Im thinking, they arent going to feel sorry for me, NOT THE POINT AT ALL. Doctors hate insurance companies, they are a paperwork nightmare, they are time consuming and expensive to deal with.
    I called back and asked prices for people without insurance,get this.
    400 dollars up to 700 dollars. Less than half the price,it was then it was explained to me by one of the people at a doctors office that insurance compaines bleed the doctors and take up so much time its a constant ongoing negotiation.
    Screw insurance companies, the ama and the drug companies.
    You sure are cocky for a starving pilgrim.

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