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Thanks for sharing your experience. I didn't know if people would understand

Posted by what I meant by "Medicare assignment," so I used the ... sm on Sat, Jul 23 2022 at 11:16 PM CDT:

In Reply to: I have traditional Medicare with an AARP Plan G supplement. posted by I pay no copays and everything is covered by supplement SM on Fri, Jul 22 2022 at 08:24 PM CDT:

phrase "in network" instead. Sorry for the confusion.

I do know about the Medicare database that you can search to see if health care providers (docs, hospitals, RNs, PAs, anesthetists, practice groups, surgery centers, pathologists, etc.) accept Medicare assignment. If they do, you will see the phrase, “Charges the Medicare-approved amount (so you pay less out-of-pocket)” under their name. I use it quite a bit in my research.

A friend gave me the breakdown of her last colonoscopy in 2017. She is in the process of scheduling another one now and wonders how much more it will be this year? Both of us live in Northern VA.

She has Medicare Aetna PPO.
Doctor: Aetna was billed $1353.00.--She was billed $257.54.
Hospital-owned facility: Aetna was billed $2754.00.--She was billed $453.67.
Anesthesiology: Aetna was billed $1350.00.--She was billed $182.27. Her out-of-pocket cost was $893.48 five years ago.

Hmmm. Two GI practices use EZ2Go and the kit has pills. I don't do well taking pills and usually just put them in applesauce. I must remember to mention this little tidbit to see what to do.

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