After my rant on Tuesday, I am on a full out mission to discover the costs of my health care. Today’s phone calls (four) were successful. So just in case you were wondering, a colonoscopy is $4000.00. The half-assed-oscopy (technical name is flexible sigmoidoscopy, but I like my name better) is $475.00. I am buying the budget-oscopy and hoping I can go all Katie Couric and take photos.
Update: Next week’s mammogram is $400.00. There is an additional fee for the radiologist to read the mammogram. They didn’t know the price at the imaging center, but gave me the number for the radiologist. The radiologist said they no longer have a contract with my provider. However, if they did, it would be $216.00. I guess I will let the two of them duke it out. It has to do with the new Trader Joe’s that is being built where the radiologist used to be. Oy.
Also, my physical, with a pelvic exam (also recommended) will be $536.00 (three different fees) plus a separate cost from pathology. I called the pathology lab (because you know, it’s a separate department and there is no way to actually know). I called at 11:47 and they close for lunch at 11:45.
I left a message.
Another update: I have made six seven phone calls and listened to more minutes of musak than my ears can bear. I still can’t find out what specific pathology lab reads pap smears. It’s not a big deal, but now I am really after it. More calls tomorrow.