Dear nanonano: This is a very difficult question to answer. Price depends on who is doing it, where it is being done, where the pathology is read, insurance coverage etc. Your best bet for determining cost is to ask the office manager of the surgeon who is doing the procedure. There are often professional fees as well as
I am between insurance and have some money but not tons. Had one stereotactic biopsy and need a second one on more areas. Also doc wants me to get a mri and mammogram. Anyone know how to find out cost?
Doctor bills are yet just one more aspect of our concerns and worries. As if we don't have enough to worry about. This is my position and situation. I have not recieved a bill yet for most of my procedures and am scared to know how many thousands of dollars it is going to be. But hey, I finally decided, after numeroust tests, interpretation of the tests and docotr fees for the tests, then office fees for the doctors to order the tests, etc. that I could not worry about it. Of course, I have really good insurance and have not even recieved a bill yet from the hospital for anything after my second mammo, which was covered at 80%. Cost to me with insurance, for this second one was $45.00 for the radialogist to interpret and $85.00 for the actual mammo taken. I am really curious and expect the biopsy charges to be high, but at least now I have met my deductible. I cna't even imagine what the pre-op procedres and surgery is going to cost. I just hope I do not run out of coverage or max aount allowed before all is said and done. I am getting my tubes tieds next week, because I was on the depro-provera injections for birth control and my only other choices for birth control were an IUD or tubal. There goes another pro-op exam, blood work and surgery bill. They way I look at is, if they give you an appointment and then run the tests and bill you later, then you can worry about the bill later and concentrate on getting what ever is done. Of course it may not be so easy for other's, who do not have insurance to get all the docotrs, offices and hospitals, etc, to do anything with out any money upfront. I just pay my $20.00 co-payment each visit, if asked, and tell them to bill me for the balance after the insurance pays what is covered. I am also fortunate that if I use a PPO, then they basically have to accept what ever the insurance covers as payment if full, minus my $20.00 co-pay and deductable. I will eventually get a statement from my insurance which will break down the actual cost for each item and could give you this information when it is avalable. It has only been a few months Since I started racking up all these bills. The customer relationship people at the hospital, where most of my procedures were done, assured me that the rest of the bills are still pending and that I am OK with them and do not need to start payments until claims are completed. Here's a few more insight to docotr bills. My sister,who had NO insurance, had a heart attack and then sent to Oklahoma city for a Quadtruple bypass. All done, apparently because they could not refuse her treatment, even without NO insurance. Of course the docotr bills were eventually calculated and she got a few calls about this $10, to 20, 000. dollar bill, but eventually through some source, not sure what, it was ALL written off! I know some hospitals have this thing called a "Good Samaritan" policy or something, where they can write things off. Not sure how it works exactly, but worth checking into if needed. Also, most of my doctors or facilities or who ever sends me a bill, will take payments and have accepted very low, monthly payments until the balnce is paid off. They key is to stay in contact with them and be consistent with paying them something.They have been very understanding and patient as long as I made routine and consistant payments or let them know if I needed to miss one due to a financial set back of another nature. I had to have a great deal a heart diagnostics, very expensive even though covered at 80%, and continual treatment over the last 7 years and I think I just paid off a stress test and heart cath from 2 years ago. One last thing. When I went to the oncologist the billing secretary immediately new how much my coverage was, but said if I paid my co-payment I would then only be billed monthly as services were rendered. My concern is she said Radiation or treatment if and when needed, would only be covered up to $1,500.00 That does not seem like very much. Does anyone knwo what a radiation treatment costs? I may need 7 weeks worth. Just curious.
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