(Closed) Going to the doctor is expensive

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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3166 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

totally agree. i had to my wisdom teeth taken out a week ago… THAT was a fun expense. even with dental, i shelled out over $800.

Post # 4
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5787 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

It pisses me off to no end that the eye doctor charges me $60 for a contact fitting. WHY? I’m getting the same brand and my base curve has not changed.

I’d switch doctors. I had a gyno that used to make me come in everytime I just wanted to ask a question because they knew they could bill my insurance.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m so glad I’m now living in the UK.

Doctor’s visits – free

Birth Control and other continuous RXs – free (and you can get 6 months worth of BC at a time)

Other short term RX’s – ~$10

Eye doctor – free

Contacts – Free or really cheap (not sure, haven’t been yet)

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Wow – maybe I have really good insurance or something because for everything you described, I’d pay $20.

And I know my parent’s insurance is awful becuase since my dad owns his own business, they have to get an individual policy.  And it would only cost them $25 for a co-pay.

Post # 10
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7606 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Wow, I had no idea you had to pay in such detail for every little thing.  I always hear these stories about Americans having surgery or a serious illness and how they can end up being in debt and paying it off for years.  I can’t imagine how differently you ladies must feel about being sick, or having sick parents, or having sick children.  It sounds very scary to me, I’m sorry you have to go through all that. 🙁

Post # 11
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8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Juliepants: Yeah, it’s pretty crazy.

I have acid reflux and my deductible was $2,000 per year. So every January I’d have to pay $2,000 to my reflux doctor because one office visit was more than $2k because of the tests they did.

Then I was also on 2 different medications and had at least $50/mo in RX fees. On top of that, only 40% of my bills from the dr were covered by insurance, meaning 60% of every $2k plus visit was my responsibility to pay. AND I had to go to the Dr once ever 4-6 weeks to check on everything.

And that was just for maintenance. I was looking into surgery and don’t even want to think about what that would have cost. Probably in the $10,000s or more.

Again… so glad I’m in the UK now.

Post # 12
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1493 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@LGenz: As someone whose had two eye procedures in two years, eye appointments are especially important. Your eye can change every year in subtle ways that need to be addressed. I actually like the law/rule that it’s in place to ensure that you’re taking the best care of your eyes as possible. I still owe $200 on my last eye procedure. I’m okay with paying for it knowing that I received the best care I needed for my eyes.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

This is the story of my life over the last year and after at least 40 dr visits for infertility, plus three surgeries, now my Darling Husband and I have to shell out thousands of dollars for one IVF cycle. If that doesn’t work, back to square one and it is another $15,000. I’d give anything to live in Canada or Europe right now!!!

Post # 15
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5787 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

@brox: I have eye insurance and I’m covered for exams for glasses prescriptions. Its just that when I need a contact prescription they randomly charge me an extra $60 for the same.exact.exam. Nonsense.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@LGenz:  I work at an eye doctor’s office. A contact lens fitting should be a one-time fee, and only charged if you’re a first time contact lens wearer.  (The typical protocol is this:  1.) Fitting – where you go in and a tech teaches you how to insert and remove contacts, and you have put them in and take them out three times. This is a one time deal for first time contact lens wearers. 2.) A follow-up progress exam, approximately one week after the fitting, which the doctor will check you again to ensure that the contact lens fits your eye properly, etc. )

Other than that, you should only need a yearly exam. (A glasses or contact lens prescription is only good for one year.)

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