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Subject:  Re: saving money on medical care Date:  12/4/2012  1:31 PM
Author:  toberead Number:  869279 of 902164

I have an opportunity to save money on my cataract surgery by participating in a study:

One thing you might want to ask your doctor is if the study will require additional monitoring after your surgery, and whether any additional exams or tests will have an additional cost. Many times, when doctors are performing a study, they will monitor the patients over time to make sure the new procedure doesn't have long term side effects. This might require extra exams or tests (or it might not).

I was part of a study of cancer drugs a few years back, and the study required additional testing and monitoring over the next 5 years. Some of the tests were normal tests that I would have had anyway, but some of them were extra tests that my doctor might not have done otherwise. My insurance paid for it all, but I made sure to ask about it beforehand. (My insurance has a specific policy for clinical trials.) After I moved and changed doctors, I also had to send my medical records back to my old doctor so he could update the study - a minor inconvenience.

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