Need recomendations for GI in Iowa

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newbeginnings
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   Posted 3/30/2010 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Just recently moved to Iowa because Fiance lost his job and couldn't find another one in our home town. Now I am having a huge flare and still haven't found a GI nor do I have health insurance but I need to do something. Any suggestions?

Astroboogie
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   Posted 3/30/2010 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey newbeginnings,

I also live in Iowa, i would suggest filing for Iowa Care state insurance (what i have) and your monthly premium goes off of your income compared to the poverty level income, i only pay $45 a month for full coverage, and most medicines i get for $4 a prescription.

As far as doctors go, I'm not sure where you live in Iowa but i use the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, and my GI doctor is Dr. Kessler.

Hope i helped

--John--
Waiting on Diagnosis but the doctors seem to think its Crohn's they just wanna be 100% positive.
Also waiting for test results for Hypothyroidism.

Post Edited (Astroboogie) : 3/31/2010 1:42:35 AM (GMT-6)


newbeginnings
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   Posted 3/31/2010 5:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks John for the reply! I was a little nervous about applying for Iowa Care just because I heard it could be at least a 6 month wait to see a doctor because of the whole process. Is this true? Did it take that long for you? I am amazed that you are able to get most of the medicines for $4.00. I will look into Dr. Kessler.

Astroboogie
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   Posted 3/31/2010 5:11 AM (GMT -7)   
My Iowa Care application took me approx a month to be approved, I'm not sure what the average wait is tho, they seem to be pretty quick to get you on Iowa Care. My longest wait was for a primary doctor and that took me 3-4months but it might be shorter now. I don't know weather or not you need a primary doctor to be seen by the GI clinic because i didn't know i had anything but GERD till after i saw my primary doctor, although I'm sure they can work it out with you. And if all else fails you can still go to the hospitals' ER and get help there.


Glad i could help tho =)



--John--
Waiting on Diagnosis but the doctors seem to think its Crohn's they just wanna be 100% positive.
Also waiting for test results for Hypothyroidism.

Post Edited (Astroboogie) : 3/31/2010 6:17:19 AM (GMT-6)


hld4good
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   Posted 3/31/2010 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Iowa City Medical Center is fabulous!
Age 58, Crohn's since age 21
3 bowel resections, 1980,88,95
1 fistula repair, 2005
probiotic
digestive enzymes


newbeginnings
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   Posted 3/31/2010 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hldwodrgs,

Would that be at the University Hospital or at Mercy?

hld4good
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   Posted 3/31/2010 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   
newbeginnings - The University Hospital. I also drive two hours to their Dental Clinic because dentists here just don't have the time to bother with helping me reverse the damage that was done to my gums when I had malnutrition.
Age 58, Crohn's since age 21
3 bowel resections, 1980,88,95
1 fistula repair, 2005
probiotic
digestive enzymes


junerainbow
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   Posted 3/31/2010 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Just make sure you are taken care of..I recently had a bad experience with the gi's at University of Iowa... have had better luck with Mercy. I have heard through many people that the U of I is getting very big and not personal anymore. Just make sure its a good fit no matter where you are.

Good luck to you!!
40 yo...mom to three wonderful kids, and wife to an amazing , supportive husband of 18 years..

Diagnosed with gluten intolerance April 2009

Diagnosed with Crohn's March 2010- currently Prednisone, Colestipol, Propranolol

Have had myriad of health problems attributed to many different things over the past ten years. Our family has a history of Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis and Bowel Cancer.

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