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Old 03-12-2016, 12:39 PM   #281
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Each time a different prep, and I did not have problem swallowing any of them down.
Did you ever use the gallon of Golytely? It tastes like sweat. A gallon of sweat. I have a tough stomach - but it was so nasty tasting, and in such a huge volume, it was very hard to get through.

I've done it twice. I'll do the prep linked previously in this thread next time.
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My next one comes up Wednesday. I will be taking the prep advice on this thread.
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I've never brought this up in a discussion on the subject because I don't want to scare anyone away from a valuable test, but a HS classmate of mine died from a perforated colon during a colonoscopy. Your Doc in a Big Hurry sounds like just the kind of guy who would be capable of that. I'm glad you told the referring doc why you won't go to that guy again.

This is why my polyps can wait until I come back from my vacation. In short, let me enjoy myself.


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Did you ever use the gallon of Golytely? It tastes like sweat. A gallon of sweat. I have a tough stomach - but it was so nasty tasting, and in such a huge volume, it was very hard to get through.

I've done it twice. I'll do the prep linked previously in this thread next time.
No, I have not had that pleasure.

I cannot remember what I had for the 1st colonoscopy. The 2nd time, I had MoviPrep. The 3rd and last time, the instruction was just for Miralax and Gatorade, plus another laxative which I forget.
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Old 03-15-2016, 11:34 AM   #285
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I just successfully completed mine. I used Supraprep, which was actually not as horrible as I was anticipating. I only had about a quarter of the second dose, but I still got an "Excellent prep" on my report. Propofol was great - easy out, easy wake-up! And I'm on the 10 year plan!
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Old 03-15-2016, 11:58 AM   #286
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For me using a straw made all the difference when drinking down all that polyethylene glycol (PEG).

For me at least, I was able to use the straw to bypass my tongue so I barely tasted it.

Use a big (wide) straw so that you can move lots of liquid quickly. And make sure it goes all the way back in your mouth - you have to avoid your tastebuds.
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One more colonoscopy coda:

The bill from the endoscopy center was $2667.

The "allowed amount" was $382.

My Tricare copay portion of that $382 was $12.
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One more colonoscopy coda:

The bill from the endoscopy center was $2667.

The "allowed amount" was $382.

My Tricare copay portion of that $382 was $12.
this was for the entire procedure?
They must have lost money on you.
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One more colonoscopy coda:

The bill from the endoscopy center was $2667.

The "allowed amount" was $382.

My Tricare copay portion of that $382 was $12.
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Old 04-03-2016, 10:47 PM   #290
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One more colonoscopy coda:

The bill from the endoscopy center was $2667.

The "allowed amount" was $382.

My Tricare copay portion of that $382 was $12.
So the negotiated rate is 14% of the "full" price.
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One more colonoscopy coda:

The bill from the endoscopy center was $2667.

The "allowed amount" was $382.

My Tricare copay portion of that $382 was $12.
For comparison, my recent colonoscopy:

Amount Submitted: $5,700
Amount Allowed: $2,031
Total Paid By Plan: $1,455 (BCBS)

I ended up paying $580.
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I thought this procedure was considered preventative and the cost to patient was nil.
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Another point of comparison, last December :

Billed: $4800
Insurance paid: $2775
I paid: $950

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I thought this procedure was considered preventative and the cost to patient was nil.
I think that this is true if they don't find anything - the minute they find a polyp, it becomes diagnostic and you have to pay. Doesn't seem fair, somehow!
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I think that this is true if they don't find anything - the minute they find a polyp, it becomes diagnostic and you have to pay. Doesn't seem fair, somehow!

Some have to get it done more often for other reasons and have to pay...

As far as changing it for the patient to pay everything, I think that I read where the gvmt was saying that is not how it is supposed to be done...

When I had mine, I told the billing person that if THEY billed it wrong I was not paying... IOW, they are supposed to bill the procedure as preventative and if they remove a polyp that is billed separately...
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When I had mine, I told the billing person that if THEY billed it wrong I was not paying... IOW, they are supposed to bill the procedure as preventative and if they remove a polyp that is billed separately...
I believe that would be correct if you had no history of problems which would require diagnostic colonoscopy, even if they found something *that* one would be preventative (in other words, if you went into it strictly for preventative reasons). But if they did find something and you needed more frequent ones than preventative guidelines call for, *those* would not necessarily be covered first-dollar by an ACA-compliant policy, and probably would be charged as a diagnostic one.

Speaking of which, now that I turned 50 last fall, I need to stop putting this off.
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I believe that would be correct if you had no history of problems which would require diagnostic colonoscopy, even if they found something *that* one would be preventative (in other words, if you went into it strictly for preventative reasons). But if they did find something and you needed more frequent ones than preventative guidelines call for, *those* would not necessarily be covered first-dollar by an ACA-compliant policy, and probably would be charged as a diagnostic one.

Speaking of which, now that I turned 50 last fall, I need to stop putting this off.

Correct, correct, correct.... this was my first one and was clearly preventative....

And yes, if you need to have follow ups before the recommended 10 year period it is on you... since my deductible is over $6K, it would all be on me and I would look for prices...
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Well, I have had 2 colonoscopy procedures. Both times they found polyps. I am on the every 5 yrs plan. Just wondering if the 3rd one will be free as the first 2 were free of charge. I have bcbs thru obamacare.
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Well, I have had 2 colonoscopy procedures. Both times they found polyps. I am on the every 5 yrs plan. Just wondering if the 3rd one will be free as the first 2 were free of charge. I have bcbs thru obamacare.
They may have continued to code them as preventative and not diagnostic. You got lucky.

And, BTW, I know I'm being picky, but they weren't "free". They were 100% covered by your insurance policy.


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Did you ever use the gallon of Golytely? It tastes like sweat. A gallon of sweat. I have a tough stomach - but it was so nasty tasting, and in such a huge volume, it was very hard to get through.

One thing they forget to tell you (but which DH confirmed with his doctor) is that once you're running clear, you can stop drinking whatever crap they prescribed. It's done its work and continuing to drink it would just produce more of the same result.
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By the way, everything went well. I prepped for three days. I took the cheaper prep with the gallon jug (do not remember the name now). It smelled like latex gloves but with the flavoring that came with it, it did not taste as bad as it smelled.
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