how do you do labs and x-rays

By Latest Reply 2014-07-05 15:05:47 -0500
Started 2014-07-04 22:28:38 -0500

Hello all.
When you go to your doctor and you
Need lab or X-ray, do you do it at the
Clinic, or must you go elsewhere?

Our local doctors sold out to a bigger
Outfit. Now the local hospital is asking
For a bond issue to upgrade, and have
A clinic for the doctors at the hospital.
What has me yelling is that you will
Go to the "hospital" to do labs and x-rays. People look at me and say so!
Here is the problem, hospital rates are
More than double than clinic rates.
Then the comment that you have
Insurance, is silly. Most plans now
Require you to pay the first dollar for
Deductible and labs and x-rays are on
The list…so if you need an a1c run
I pay $26, a year ago one was done
while I was in the hospital it was $63.
Also, every time you go in, you
Will need to be admitted! 15 minutes of
Paperwork to do a cbc? ??

That is what is happening in the rural.

I guess I am going to need to get
A new doctor…70 miles one way to
See a gp.


8 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-05 13:39:24 -0500 Report

I don't get the complaint. I have never had a doctor with X-rays or lab in the building. I can get my blood drawn at the doctors office but it is still sent out to a lab. I always have to go to the hospital for x-rays. I have never had insurance that required me to pay out of pocket for x-rays or blood work and it is all covered now.

I can walk to the doctors and the hospital for x-rays because I live close to both. Either way you are going to pay some kind of cost when it comes to healthy care which includes gas, bus or cab fair to get to the hospital or doctors.

So how much do you value your life. I would rather pay the cost and have good health then not pay it and have grass growing on my chest.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-07-05 08:15:37 -0500 Report

Prior to becoming Medicare eligible, my insurance plan's "preferred lab provider" was Quest Diagnostics. I could go elsewhere but it would cost me more than if I went to Quest. On Medicare, I chose a Humana Medicare Advantage PPO and suspect similar limitations… I'm not due for lab work until August.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-07-05 06:03:35 -0500 Report

My husband's doctor has an x-ray in the office, but my husband cannot use it because they would have to carry him in because his wheel chair doesn't fit in the room. So they send him to an imaging center, not a hospital. To be honest, I do not know what it costs either way, as his insurance covers them.

I do see your concern though. The big companies are buying out so many. My husband's doctor was also bought out by a large hospital. It makes it nice because the hospital works with is doctors, but it also made it less personal and they have tighter restrictions on how much time a doctor can spend with their patient.

I used to get my labs done in my doctor's office, but now they send me to an office that specializes in lab work of all kinds. I still only pay the fee at my doctor's office, but the lab work costs about $200.00 if I had to pay for it myself.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-07-05 00:26:27 -0500 Report

We have probably 5 labs to choose from within a 10 mile radius … my favorite is just up the street right next to a Starbucks. The office I get my x-rays, MRI's, etc. done is across the street from the local hospital and just down the street from my PCP about 5 miles from home.
Thanks to the PPACA I now have insurance that covers 100% of my medical costs.
Guess we could have opted for the republican health care plan … oh wait … they didn't have one.

Steve

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-07-05 01:06:05 -0500 Report

Steve glad the PPACA is working out for you. Most are not so fortunate

Actualy they repubs have proposed several plans which were quite good and not quite so expensive. I was paying attention to the national news ever since the PPACA was enacted. There were some fine plans suggested, but Dingy Harry and the Dems shot down every one of them. In this way they became the "party of no" as they accused the Republicans of being.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-07-04 23:38:42 -0500 Report

Howdy Accordon.
it is like that all over the place. I was Rx'd to do an xray and by the time I would have had to pay at a clinic, I decided I didn't really need a xray that much. That darn (Un)affodable care act at work again. Thanks Democrats! they passed the PPACA without one single Republican vote back in the dead of night. We gotta remember that when this Nov and vote accordingly.

neverlowbg
neverlowbg 2014-07-04 23:37:45 -0500 Report

That's what we do drive 35 miles to see gp and 75 miles to endo and other dr it's 30 miles to hospital and 20 miles to lab that is only I open 2 days a week but are insurance pays everything after we pay the first thousand and with my doctors and meds I do that in first month if the yr so rest of yr is free no copay and meds we pay first 500 of yr and rest is covered by insurance no more copay after February but my wife works for the county and has really good benefits

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