How much upfront for colonoscopy?

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I'm 41 and my doc is suggesting a colonoscopy because of my symptoms. My insurance won't cover all of it because I'm under 50. When i talk to the medical center today they told me I have to pay some upfront before the procedure but they wouldn't specify how much. Anyone know how much this might be?

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    I can't answer your question on costs as I am in the UK and we do still have an NHS however much our government would like to see it privatised.

    Of the five main reasons colonoscopies are carried out.

    Polyp detection and removal

    Ninety percent of cases of polyps occur after age 50, with men somewhat more likely to develop polyps than women; therefore, colon cancer screening is usually recommended starting at age 50 for both sexes.

    Colorectal cancer

    The risk of colorectal cancer increases as people get older. Colorectal cancer can occur in young adults and teenagers, but the majority of colorectal cancers occur in people older than 50.

    Inflammatory Bowel Disease

    Ulcerative colitis may affect any age group. There are peaks at ages 15 to 30 and then again at ages 50 to 70.

    Crohn's disease can occur at any age, but you're likely to develop the condition when you're young. Most people who develop Crohn's disease are diagnosed before they're around 30 years old.

    Diverticular disease

    While previously considered to be a disease primarily affecting the elderly, there is increasing incidence among individuals younger than 40 years of age.

    At 41 you are falling between the two age groups. Wondering is there any family history of bowel disease and if you could make a case on that basis?

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      I agree with cjb 106's comprehensive reply... except for the political point that the UK government wants the NHS privatised ...which is totally wrong!

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      My sister had ibs and I've always had some issues but never went to the doctor about till recently. I talk to my insurance and they straight out told me no they wouldn't help because I'm under 50. I'll pay it of course but was just curious as to what they meant by pay some at the medical center before the procedure.

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      So the book Jeremy Hunt co-authored when appointed health secretary calling for "patients, either through the tax system or by way of universal insurance, to purchase health care from the provider of their choice." and "Our ambition should be to break down the barriers between private and public provision, in effect denationalising the provision of health care in Britain." was a figment of my imagination was it?

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      A colonoscopy isn't going to help much with IBS unless your symptoms are severe and indicative of something more serious. If you are looking at paying thousands of dollars for the procedure maybe have blood and faecal protein tests done first which could indicate the presence of the more serious conditions. IBS and IBD are not the same. Apologies if you already know this but many people do confuse the two.

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      Doesn't prove a thing!...that was just a personal view and NOT policy...the tories would have privatised the NHS years ago if there were going to..they have been in power for years and have had plenty of time to do it. Privatising the NHS is just an election winning rumour put about by labour lefties...or Trotskyists that follow Jeremy Corbyn. Anyway this forum isn't for political discussions like this so let's leave it there. .and I won't reply anyway!...regards

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    not sure bout colonoscopy but i had a upper done and it was over $7 grand. need to have a colonoscopy done

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    I would say talk with your insurance co.. But you stated you have and they are unable to help.. I would think if the DR is wanting this test-- why won't insurance pay? Or even half? Prehaps, there is another test the Dr can recommend and insurance would be ok to pay. And then the last possible test-- colonoscopy would then be covered.

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