CD 57 test cost

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rcenters
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   Posted 11/5/2009 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
What does this test actually cost?  Although I didn't retain any invoices to be able to remember, I seem to recall it was $120.
 
I was asking a local doctor about ordering the test so I could see how I'm doing after 6 months of diet, herbs and exercise, and, not currently having health insurance, asked him if he could order it, where from and how much and he is saying it would be $400.   Any ideas, I don't think it should be that much?

CajunGrl
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   Posted 11/5/2009 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
rcenters,

Where are you wanting to get the CD57 test done? If it's Igenex, I posted the number in our sticky. You can call them yourself and ask. $400.00 does seem like alot.

If it's a local lab, you shouldn't have to pay anything out of pocket.
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1bitten2xshy
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   Posted 11/5/2009 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
LabCorp is said to be the lab to have this test done.

Out of pocket the test here in Florida is $ 145-, but if you have insurance it is covered.
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KO-LD
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   Posted 11/5/2009 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
rcenters, I think mine was $98, but that might have been a discounted rate.
 
1bitten2xshy, FYI not all insurances cover it.  I have UHC and the first one I had done they wouldn't cover it calling it "experimental".  My 2nd one that I had done they dragged their feet for 4 months while they harassed my poor GP that was nice enough to order it for me (she didn't even know what the test was).  They requested all progress notes, clinical notes, lab results etc.  They kept telling me they didn't receive the requested info, so while I was at the office I had her fax the info again while I had them on the phone and watched it go through.  They finally approved it (even though I still had to pay out of pocket b/c my deductible is $4,000).  I think the only reason they approved it is because my test results were 34, the first one was 76 (I think it was 76 because I was on Cat's Claw for 6 months for tendinitis, this was before I was diagnosed with LD).  KO
01 Tingling in fingers/toes both sides, not tested at that time for LD
07 Summer pos. WB, diag with LD, neg for co-infections thru Igenex
Abx - Doxy 100mg 2x/day for 3 weeks (before diagnosis)
Amoxicillin 1gm 2x/day for 1 month
Amoxicillin 1gm 3x/day with Probenecid 500mg 2x/day  5 months 
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CajunGrl
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   Posted 11/5/2009 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
KO,

That is terrible! I had UHC a few years ago before my husbands company dropped them and I always had to call and fight with them to pay for things. It was very exhausting.
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1bitten2xshy
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   Posted 11/6/2009 6:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the FYI KO

I have BCBS and have never had an issue with any labs being paid in relationship to Lyme.
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KO-LD
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   Posted 11/6/2009 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   
1bitten2xshy, I remember when I posted that when I had my first one done, most people said that their insurance paid for it without any questions. UHC is a joke. They wouldn't tell me why they were requesting all the notes etc from the doctor (I had some hormone & thyroid test drawn at the same time), but the bill for the other test was soon paid, and they still wouldn't tell me what the problem was with paying the CD57. I guess they didn't want to tell me that they were just trying to harass/scare my GP! KO
01 Tingling in fingers/toes both sides, not tested at that time for LD
07 Summer pos. WB, diag with LD, neg for co-infections thru Igenex
Abx - Doxy 100mg 2x/day for 3 weeks (before diagnosis)
Amoxicillin 1gm 2x/day for 1 month
Amoxicillin 1gm 3x/day with Probenecid 500mg 2x/day  5 months 
Dr. Zhang's protocol stopped after 6 months symptoms returned.  Started Buhner's protocol May 2009


1bitten2xshy
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   Posted 11/6/2009 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
well I guess I will not complain too much about BCBS then. My thyroid is tested like every 3 months and my sex hormones and they never bat an eyelash about paying 100% for that!
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