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Subject:  Waking Up to Major Colonoscopy Bills Date:  5/30/2012  2:25 PM
Author:  intercst Number:  70719 of 88520

When I read the headline, I thought it was going to be about the rare cases where they punch a hole through your colon with the scope and have to open you up to repair the damage. Instead, it's about people getting screwed by big bills from anesthesiologists that aren't covered by insurance.

Just one more thing to worry about as you get older.

Both husband and wife selected gastroenterologists who participated in their insurance plan to perform their cancer screenings. But in both cases, the gastroenterologists chose full anesthesia with Propofol, a powerful drug that must be administered by an anesthesiologist, instead of moderate, or “conscious,” sedation that often gastroenterologists can administer themselves.

And in both cases, the gastroenterologists were assisted in the procedure by anesthesiologists who were not covered by the couple’s insurance. They billed the couple’s insurance at rates far higher than any plan would reimburse — two to four times as high, experts say.


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