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  •  I've always skimped on (1+ / 0-)
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    medical (and dental) care and insurance to save money.

    It's a gamble, but I'm basically healthy (knock on wood), and I try to maintain good health through exercise and a good diet.

    •  If you have good insurance and can afford it (0+ / 0-)

      It is good to at least go for annual checkups and if female, the annual ob/gyn examinations and mammograms. And after 50, get the colonoscopy if possible.

      But for those who cannot afford it, I can see why they skimp on those annual exams.

      I have a friend who has poor insurance and high deductible but she says she scrimps and saves for the basic annual checkup at the doctor and dentist once per year. Then if they find anything, she tries to schedule the appts several months apart..ie often dentists will find cavities but you can schedule that as it suits you unless the cavity is bad or you are in pain.

      My dentist will even give us antibiotics if we have to put off a root canal or a major tooth issue so we are not in pain..as long as we get the work done within 3 months if possible..or he puts us on a very reasonable payment plan.

      •  as I said upthread (1+ / 0-)
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        I just got a baseline colonoscopy and was upset to get a bill for a $500 copay I wasn't expecting.

        I would definitely not have had it done if I had known it was going to cost me $500!  I'm glad the results were normal but I don't have $500 to spare!  I don't even have $50!  

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        by TrueBlueMajority on Tue Dec 30, 2008 at 01:38:07 PM PST

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        •  I feel your pain (1+ / 0-)
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          TrueBlueMajority

          I just went for blood work for a simple condition.  I have insurance and I am still on the hook for more than $200. And I only received a 3 month script due to some abnormal blood results and the need to recheck the blood work.  So I get to kick out a few more hundred in another month or so...

          It was actually cheaper for me when I didn't have health insurance - the doctor tried to keep the charges to a minimum for me then and it cost me less then $100 out of pocket.

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          by givmeliberty on Tue Dec 30, 2008 at 10:16:13 PM PST

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