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Old 02-22-2016, 01:38 PM   #21
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My colonoscopy scenario was talking to a major hospital. We were trying to determine the facility fee.
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Do you have a need to stay overnight? Colonoscopies are ambulatory surgery (takes just a few hours). Are there no Ambulatory Surgery Centers near you? They might be less expensive. Your health insurance may also have a comparison tool you can use to check prices.

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Audrey,
Do you have a need to stay overnight? Colonoscopies are ambulatory surgery (takes just a few hours). Are there no Ambulatory Surgery Centers near you? They might be less expensive. Your health insurance may also have a comparison tool you can use to check prices.

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No. This was for an outpatient procedure. All the endoscopy centers here are associated with a major hospital.
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Old 02-22-2016, 03:57 PM   #23
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So, if you paid cash couldn't you still submit the bill to your carrier for reimbursement?
This is what we do if we need treatment while traveling abroad so I think it should work domestically.

I have a friend who retired from the same company as myself and has the same BCBS PPO. Last year while in Vienna his wife took ill and needed to go see a doctor who prescribed some pills. They paid for the doctor visit and the prescription, filed a claim when they got back and to his pleasant surprise got fully reimbursed.
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