Monday, January 08, 2007

Pain Management -Postponed til the end of February

Okay, I called and changed my appointment this AM. I explained about the insurance change and all. I explained and reiterated that I knew it would extend the treatments. I then asked about paying cash for the appointment. Now mind you, I know he's considered one of the best, I know this stuff is expensive, but never knew really how much.

The discounted rate as an established patient is *gasp* $125 PER trigger point injection-not including the acupuncture. Okay, sounds reasonable right? Problem, I have 6 trigger point injection areas. That would make one appointment for me $750 just for the injections! Of course, I just accepted the new appointment date and sheepishly hung up the phone. Yes, the doctor is busy as heck and that was the soonest in February they could squeeze me in. In my next life, I am going to be a neurologist/pain management doctor.

BTW, for those asking, how COBRA works here is that we have 60 days to decide if we want it. The new insurance starts 2/01. All meds have been refilled as of 12/30. This means, if we can get through January with no emergencies, we're fine. If something comes up, we can pay the COBRA bill for $1,300 and be covered-so our asses are covered insurance wise-no worries, no fears. Keep your fingers crossed for us for the month of January!

6 comments:

busy91 said...

Do the injections work? I often wondered about that. I know my insurance would probably not cover it. Shame how money can effect our health and well being. I stopped taking Lipitor because I couldn't afford the $20 a month for the bills. How sad is that?

Kari said...

*fingers crossed* I know how sucky changing insurances can be.
Here's hoping for a as painfree (and no major medical needs) as possible time!

Stacy said...

That's a steep price for a doctor visit. :( February seems to be coming up faster so let's hope January keeps flying by.

It's windy and rainy here too. I put off running errands too. But I'd be really tempted by that 25% off sale too.

naomi said...

Yikes !! $125 per trigger point !! I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed that you have as painfree January as possible and that everyone stays very healthy .

Tandi said...

Wow, my trigger point injections in my jaw are $60 each and I thought that was bad! Insurance is such a pain, it's rediculous that insurance has such control over treatment.

Jaye said...

No, $125 per injection doesn't sound reasonable to me at all but what the hell do I know? Of course I think you know how I feel deep down about all this sort of stuff anyway, so...

Thanks for the clarifications, though. I have/had no idea how COBRA works - never had to look into it for any reason, thankfully. But I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for y'all anyway ;)

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