That is the question of the day. I have a pain management appointment on the 18th, but today Mike asked me if I could change the appointment and move it til med-February. I balked because, seriously, the pain came back after about 1 1/2 weeks after treatment, as was expecte, but we discussed management every six weeks for several sessions and it should get better as we continue treatment.
Anyway, I balked and asked why? (wouldn't you?). Well it seems that it's an insurance issue. Here's the catch-Mike can start our new insurance, which isn't as good as the old, but better than I expected. The drug card is a little more expensive (no more 90 day supplies, etc), still $20 a script for most scripts, doctor visits the same, hospital stays we would now have a co-pay per day (but hopefully we won't need that, right?)-anyway the catch is that we will need a month to kind of mesh into the system, get our new cards and this is the month. Now I could keep the appointment, but if I do, then Mike will have to COBRA the insurance for *gasp* $1,300 for January or I can wait and, since he's working for himself will be paying for it anyway, but because it's not as great a plan, will cost less, a lot less. So, is it worth $1,300 for the pain management injections and acupuncture? No, not to me. Although I have said I would have given anything to be pain free, $1,300 is a lot of money for the little pain. I plan to call to see how much without insurance the appointment will be, but I recall it being around $250-gah, can I wait a month to save $250? Probably. Let's be honest, I went over a year with the pain and survived. The only hump is now I have to get all new referrals, contact the primary with the new insurance info, etc. Not complaining, mind you, I am grateful to have insurance after years of not having insurance coverage before I met and married Mike-NOT COMPLAINING (I had to repeat this as my resolution is no complaining). It just looks like the first session was a trial session and we start over with pain management. At least it's the same doctor.