Our VERY expensive health care system

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by 804brown, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. 804brown

    804brown Well-Known Member

  2. klein

    klein Für Meno :)

    I just had a colonoscopy last month.
    Was just in time, too. - They removed muliple polyps.
    For that reason I'll need another one in a years time.
    I certainly couldn't afford to do so, if I lived in the US.
  3. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    ​Sure you could. I had one and it didn't cost a dime. My insurance through my job at UPS paid for it. You remember what that was like, right?
  4. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    You just liked having a colonoscopy? I never had one but my wife did. Not something I would be eager about.
  5. klein

    klein Für Meno :)

    No, I actually don't, because we don't have any job medical insurance here, and no matter what we don't pay a dime, either.
    However, the UPS prescription plan was great - paid 95%, I believe.

    1BROWNWRENCH Amatuer Malthusian

    It's not the procedure itself that's so bad. I wasn't around for it. It's the prep leading up to it that REALLY sucks.
  7. klein

    klein Für Meno :)

    No freaking kidding !
  8. scratch

    scratch Least Best Moderator Staff Member

    You have to drink a lot of laxatives to clean you out, that was the worst part. The procedure itself is nothing, you sleep through it.
  9. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    The trick I was given by the doctor is to switch to a liquid diet a few days before having to take the laxatives. It cleans you out with less cramping then when you are full of solids.

    1BROWNWRENCH Amatuer Malthusian

    Now you tell me.

    1BROWNWRENCH Amatuer Malthusian

    Wasn't that stuff SO delicious?:sick::sick:
  12. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I had my first one a few years ago and remember that I never slept as well as I did after the procedure.
  13. klein

    klein Für Meno :)

    Anyways, back to topic :
    Doesn't it bother anyone on here, having insurance or not, why a simple colonoscopy costs $6000 - $8000 in the US, while anywhere else in an industrialized country it's just a few hundred dollars ?
  14. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    With having to pay more and more out of pocket for our own insurance, if I ever go this route I might make the 3 plus hour drive to Nashville and save over $2k verses the costs locally. Seeing the cost in Baltimore, Jones might consider running a health Bed and Breakfast in his retirement.

    All joking aside, Central States might come out cheaper if they had us travel to the cheaper locations for care and even picking up the travel bill still saves them money. OK, let's wait for it............
  15. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    I've seen procedures range from a couple hundred to $6000.....the same procedure!! I don't have to pay the bills, but I do get EOB's.
  16. 804brown

    804brown Well-Known Member

  17. Baba gounj

    Baba gounj pensioner

    I've had three.
    I also have IBS , which lessens the pain of the prep procedures .