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Ok so my doctor is sending me for more blood tests as he thinks i may need to start taking medicine for my type 2 diabetes. After he looks over the results of my tests he may send me to an endocrinologist. Only problem is i have no health insurance currently. Does anybody have a ballpark idea of what it would cost me to see an endocrinologist? I'm currently paying 95 bucks a visit to see my doctor. The word endocrinologist sounds expensive as heck. Any ideas?

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Ok so my doctor is sending me for more blood tests as he thinks i may need to start taking medicine for my type 2 diabetes. After he looks over the results of my tests he may send me to an endocrinologist. Only problem is i have no health insurance currently. Does anybody have a ballpark idea of what it would cost me to see an endocrinologist? I'm currently paying 95 bucks a visit to see my doctor. The word endocrinologist sounds expensive as heck. Any ideas?

Thanks. :hmmmm2:


You'd have to call the endo he refers you to, but I was going to say figure on about $100. You know what's nutz? The endo (and your doc) probably accept insurance payments from some companies for as low as $50 to see patients. If you, as an individual, tried to negotiate a rate with the endo or doc for $75, they'd tell you to take a hike. I have never understood that.
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You'd have to call the endo he refers you to, but I was going to say figure on about $100. You know what's nutz? The endo (and your doc) probably accept insurance payments from some companies for as low as $50 to see patients. If you, as an individual, tried to negotiate a rate with the endo or doc for $75, they'd tell you to take a hike. I have never understood that.



I work with insurance companies all day and this is true :dito:. The amount that is charged for a given procedure and what they actually receive from the insurance are two dramatically different amounts. I never realized this, before starting my job. Maybe this is stupid, but I always assumed insuranced paid for the total cost of the procedure :dontknow:.

Anyway, sorry for getting off track, as far as your question goes. It depends. It depends on how much the general visit is. Then there are costs for any tests or procedures as well. I would give the office a call :call: tomorrow and ask how much an initial visit would be w/o insurance.

Whatever the case, I think you should get seen if Diabetes is something that you worry about. Your health is too important to risk. The doctor office might be able to work something out with you... or maybe you could pay it off in installments.

Good luck and let us know how things go :wink:
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My endo charges $110 for the visit without adding any of the testing, but I have insurance and I'm sure the fees are different for cash visits. good luck! Insurance is such a crazy thing, and I've been lucky to have it for the last few years. I don't know what I'd do without it lately.
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My endo charges $112 for the visit and $21 for an A1C. am1977, my insurance pays $71.61 for the visit and $13.56 for the A1C. That is standard practice in the insurance industry, homeowners and auto insurance is the same way. Basically businesses have to meet price guidelines put out by the insurance company or else they won't be on that plan. This helps it so doctor's can't rip insurance companies off as much.

When I went on the Guardian for 72 hours (actually about 60) the charge to do that was $209 however my insurance only pays $53.02.

This is what is under my endo bills:
"*This provider is a member of the Humana Network. Services are discounted according to the Humana Network negotiated rate."

Heck, when I had my auto-accident my insurance told the body shop that fixed my car they would only pay $50/$60 per hour to fix it on rates that are now $75/$90 per hour.

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Many thanks for all replies. This has been very helpful to me.

My doctor will be waiting to recieve my blood test results before he decides whether or not to send me to the Endocrinologist although i get the feeling he will want to. Ive been having alot of symptoms lately ive never had before and my blood sugar is getting in the range of 237-304.

I guess im just plain scared right now. I was diagnosed with type 2 originally in March of 2000 with the status of non-medicine controlled. I'm guessing i wasnt doing someting right over the last 5 years because i'm 31 years old now and its just getting worse. Guessing i wasnt doing something right actually isnt true. There is no need to guess. I screwed up. I took weight off and gained it back. I never quit smoking. Im not eating right. I need to get myself straightened out before its too late.

Thanks to everyone for reading and replying. I already know im going to like it here. I'm kind of a noob to diabetes but i hope i can help support and contribute anyway.

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Move to Canada, i dont have to pay to see any of my doctors, and my work covers my drugs and test strip costs.




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