Over 50? Stop stalling and get that colonoscopy


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Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Jun 26, 2013 - 07:13am PT
Fortunately, I grew up a hillbilly. We got baths twice a week, whether we needed them or not, and generally we needed them. Being an active kid, I was covered in dirt most of the week, the same dirt the chickens were pooping in! We drank untreated country water, our cistern was filled with a combination of rain water and whatever ran off from the corn fields.

This is why I'm impervious to germs to this day.

Jun 26, 2013 - 07:46am PT
$600.00 does not sound right. Must have got that one in an alley somewhere. Couple grand minimum.

Cragman I know it does sound low. But remember there is nothing systematic nor organized about the terms Healthcare System or Organized Medicine. Costs for common medical procedures within a single geographical area can vary by as much as 10-fold. Everyone shops for the best price in buying a car. Hardly anyone shops for the best price in medical care.

Medicare rate for colonoscopies in an outpatient setting in the Boston area
is (drum roll please)$611.77.
see this link for information


A different story which was focused on colonoscopies in the hospital in the Boston area can be found here http://www.wbur.org/2013/01/10/colonoscopy-quality-cost. It reveals that two hospitals surveyed will perform colonoscopies at the Medicare rate for anyone. I believe that with some phone work and negotiating one should be able to find similar pricing in an outpatient setting.

Finally I found this site online quoting $950:


I recently did some online research for my brother who lives in the Reno area and is going to get his first colonoscopy. There are 8 outpatient clinics in the immediate Reno area that do more than 2500 procedures per year. This for an area of about 500,000. I have to believe there must be some competition among the clinics for patients. I advised him to call all of them and get price quotes. I will post up regarding what he pays.

One fly in the ointment maybe you will be required to have a basic physical exam prior to the procedure. It will add to the cost but ... consider the alternative and shop around and it is probably not a bad thing to get.

Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Jun 26, 2013 - 07:54am PT
I got one scheduled for August 12 at 830AM.

I won't webcast it, but I will post the YouTube. And pics. Lots of pics. Maybe they'll find some corn in there, or something.

Trad climber
Jun 26, 2013 - 08:35am PT
concidering im gonna have to fly to find a dentist i can afford i should start shopping afield for this test as well...
Johnny K.

Aug 21, 2013 - 01:32pm PT

Aug 21, 2013 - 02:59pm PT
"There are two, no three methods of pain control for these procedures."

I'd told the Dr I didn't want the drugs/sedation for the procedure. He said: "very few choose that, but I respect it so how about we'll put the IV in and have it ready but we won't inject them unless you choose to do it, which you can do at any time, is that fair?" I thought so. He told me exactly how it was going to feel.

It was fine without the drugs. There is basically no recovery time, you jump up and get on with your life as soon as you're done. Not sure that it's for everyone though, as it takes some mind control. The real benefit is having the Dr describe what he is seeing inside your colon as you are both looking at the monitor.

Bungwater Hollow, Ida-ho
Aug 21, 2013 - 04:03pm PT
It's a real thrill to have someone I barely know stick a camera up my butt and look around. A serious thrill.

But I had mine, and I don't have to go back for 5 years, so at least I got that going for me. Priceless.

Gym climber
its nice here in the spring
Aug 21, 2013 - 04:07pm PT
I just had mine and chose the unsedated option. Nothing like seeing the inside of your colon in real time! It was not fun but(t) I do enjoy knowing I don't have colon cancer.

Trad climber
Golden, CO
Aug 21, 2013 - 04:14pm PT
My guess is that this thread is gonna save a life or two. Good idea, Rick.

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Sep 9, 2013 - 04:02pm PT
One of my best friends died of colon cancer because he didn't get a colonoscopy. One of the most treatable forms of cancer if caught in time.
I thought the whole procedure, prep included, was pretty much a non event.

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Sep 10, 2013 - 06:43am PT
I get the unsedated version from the government.......every April 15th.

Sep 10, 2013 - 09:33am PT
^^^Me too!^^^

But conversely, think of all the critical places your money is going. Places like the military hiring 29,000 full time staffers just to convince people that the Pentagon is doing good in the world. And the Dept of Homeland security budget is $46,900,000,000 - why should you not pay to have some federal gov't dudes monitor all of your emails and phone calls or pat your ass at the airport? And of course, there is the $220,000,000,000 to pay for interest on old debt. That's just the interest, and we are borrowing 40% of that number just to pay that.

Kind of makes one wonder what will happen once we get this debt hole deep enough. Our kids will be thinking of us I'm sure.
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