The recent biannual check-up at my doctor's office necessitated a round of blood work and other lab tests.
It's only February but we are still working on satisfying the high deductible $4K of our insurance plan here.
After the last 2 weeks however we won't be working on that for long! 8-(
The blood work was over $300 alone. Then I refilled a $350 prescription only to be told by said doctor 3 days later(BEFORE I used any of this refill mind you)that he was taking me off that medication.
Anybody want to buy some prescription drugs!? lolz
Once I got in for my appointment the blood work was good(excellent cholesterol levels here!)except for one item so he put me on a new even more expensive drug(with no generic equivalent yet)BUT......he gave me a card with the script and the manufacturer is going to cover the cost of it for the next year.
I "heart" this drug company!
We will worry about the cost of this one drug next year..... ;-)
I also had to go for a spirometry test(haven't been billed for that one yet), a CAT scan of my lungs(ditto on that bill)and a Mammogram. I know the mammo will be paid 100%(it's considered preventative)but the other 2 will be billed to us at full price. We've got the money to pay them so that's not a worry and between these, the blood work, doctor's OV charges and that $350 drug refill we should meet our yearly deductible for 2015 now.
No word yet on the breathing test(I suspect it's fine as I haven't had to use the asthma inhalers for a YEAR now!)but the CT and Mammo results already came back with negative results(negative is good).
When I had my heart scare 2 years ago this week, in all of the testing that was carried out, someone noticed a spot on one of my lungs. Since then I have had to go in for follow-up CTs at regular intervals to make sure it isn't a sign of cancer. The only way to know for sure what the spot was would be to open me up and visually eyeball it but they aren't going to be so invasive just for that. As some suspected all along the spot is just a bit of scare tissue and has not grown at all in 2 years since it was noted. My lung is now in the clear. 8-)
The mammogram came back clean as well so I have survived to live another year.
I just have my yearly check-up with the sleep disorders doc this Summer but everything is well in "sleep apnea land".
And I am hoping that this new $$$ med along with upping the dosage of another med will take care of the 1 test result that was still out of whack.
The only item left on my medical list is eye surgery.
I have a wicked bad cataract in one eye which will be taken out mid March.
After that heals it's on to smooth sailing.....Sluggy is taking names and kicking butt again..... and watching what she eats and exercising more.
Yeah, it's always something, ain't it? 8-))