Post # 1
Sorry if this is TMI.
I know this is a long shot but I was hoping some bees might have some advice.
I had surgery a month ago to reconstruct my urinary tract because it was to narrow and also was tested for interstitial cystitis which I do have and am now on medication. After the surgery I was told that I could not lift anything over 30 pounds, to not participate in any strenuos excercise, and could not have sex. I had an appointment for tomorrow to meet with the doctor and basically get the okay to start exercising, having sex, etc.
But I have a high deductible plan and still have a balance. I have been paying it off but they just called to tell me that since my balance is now 30 days overdue that I cannot go to the doctor until it is all paid off. I still owe $1,000 and am taking the money out of my paycheck every week but do not have the money right now.
So my question is, is it okay if I don’t go back to the doctor for a couple of months. Should I be okay to go back to normal activity?
My medicine is very expensive so that’s why I have not been able to pay it off in full. So if I pay the doctor now and have my checkup, I will not be able to afford my medicine for the next three months.
Post # 3
I don’t really know anything about whether or not it is okay for you to not go to the doctor but I was wondering, are you on Elmiron?
Post # 4
It would probably be ok, but you just never know. Normally they schedule your checkups when you should be all healed, but if there are any complications and you start to do normal stuff again, you could really hurt yourself. Maybe just slowing start working up your weight, but sex is iffy. Could you call your DR and just talk to them about it over the phone? I know they can’t see you to see if anything looks off, but they could probably give you a little insight as to what to do. Good luck!!!!
Post # 5
@MissAsB- I am on Elmiron and Imipramine
@Rosie Girl- I guess I can try giving them a call, but the woman called me this morning and was very nasty. Maybe if I can get through to him I can just explain that I can’t make it in until another month or two and ask how I should proceed.
Post # 6
Usaully post op appointments are billed as a part of the original surgery….so u might not have co-pay or have to pay anything for it.
Also, you can always call the office and immediately ask to speak with a nurse (bypass the receptionist…because they would not know what to tell you to do)…then ask the nurse these questions and explain your situation.
Usually with alot of surgeries you are not supposed to resume heaving lifting or intense workouts for at least 6weeks.
You can start light workouts (walking, etc) and see how you feel. Lifting…i would suggest waiting at least 6 weeks and definitely call the MD and speak with a nurse.
Hope this helps!
Post # 7
I think that there is a generic for Imipramine. I would check with the pharmacist about that and if so, ask your doctor to switch you to a generic so you can save some money.
I agree with calling the doctor to ask what you should do since you can’t go to the doctor right now. I also agree with Tilapia that you might have already paid for the post-op so you should check on that. I didn’t have to pay for my 2 post op appointments after my surgery in December.
Post # 8
Call and ask to talk to the on-call doc. I would never miss post-surgical follow up, and I’m sure they’ll find some way to either discuss with you over the phone or see you.
Don’t skip this step! it’s important.
Post # 9
Isn’t the post op visit usually included in the overall charge? I don’t know anything about medical billing, but when I had some dental stuff done the post op was included. Is it the insurance company or the doctor’s office that told you you can’t see the doctor? I think you should at least be able to talk to a nurse on the phone.
Post # 10
@Tilapia- The follow up appointment would be 100% covered by my insurance since I have already met my deductible. I will call and ask to either talk to him or his nurse.
@MissAsb- I will check on those prescriptions, thanks! I thought by law if there was a generic the pharmacist has to offer it you as long as the doctor doesn’t specify no generics. My cousin is a pharmacist so I’ll have her check into this.
I just wish I knew this doctor better. I have only met this doctor once because my regular doctor refered me here.
Post # 11
I don’t think Elmiron has a generic though (I’m on it too). But one prescription would be better than none at a lower price! Some doctors do check the no generics line on the script but I’m sure they would be willing to change to help you save some money.
Post # 12
Hey Roxy, Our office lets people set up payment plans, usually if people put in $20 they can still come in. I’m sure they’d let you do that. Plus if you go into the appointment and let them know how your medication is too expensive, they can sometimes set you up with coupons or some free samples, so it would be worth trying to go.
Post # 13
I’m with MrsDG. Most surgical offices have triage nurses, etc. Please call!!! Explain your situation and I’m sure they will be able to give you info via the telephone.
Post # 14
@MissAsb- Thanks I will check it out and make sure that I am getting the generic brands. Any way to save money would be a plus!
@crissycakes- That’s what I thought, but this office seems nasty about stuff like that. It is only 30 days old and I have already paid a portion and since the follow up visit is 100% covered by the insurance I assumed that I would be fine. I think I am going to talk to my PCP about the medication costs, she is always very helpful.
Post # 15
If you’re looking to save money on perscriptions . . . go to Costco, you don’t have to be a member to use their pharmacy and they’re ALWAYS soooo much cheaper then the normal pharmacies EVEN for the generic stuff, I have pills that I get charged my $15 generic co-pay at the regular pharmacy for and costco charges me anywhere from $12 – $3 (yes $3) depending what it is. You can also look up their prices online but to be honest I’ve NEVER had that match what I actually pay at the store, it usually quotes higher online. Hope that helps.
Post # 16
@cricket- Thanks for the tip, I never thought of Costco.