Posted 12/27/2007 6:24 AM (GMT -7)
Surgeons who don't take insurance? What are you supposed to do, pay for it yourself? I don't get that. It's got to be several thousand dollars. How are folks supposed to come up with that kind of dough?

Enlighten me, please.

Sporadic proctitis since about 1985. Mother had J-pouch surgery 1983.
DX'd with clostridium difficile in 2000. Pred, two courses of Flagyl, then Vancomycin finally got rid of it. 2001 colonoscopy dx'd left-sided UC. . Treated with prednisone, Rowasa, Asacol. Asacol not working, switched to Imuran. Three small flares since in 2002, 2005, and 2007, brought under control with steroid and Rowasa enemas. Lap Chole performed October 26, 2007, after gall bladder attack in June, '07.
Daily meds: 100 mg Azathioprine and 225 mg Effexor XR (for chronic, longstanding depression), many vitamins and Primadophilus Reuteri

Posted 12/27/2007 6:55 AM (GMT -7)

My doc is actually in the process of weaning me off the Remicade and is going to leave me just on the Aza.  However, he is not going to let me go completely off the Remicade until Humira is approved for UC.  This way - in case I have a flare up again while on the just the Aza - I'll have a fall-back plan if the Remicade won't work the second time around.   I'm now going for Remicade at about 12-14 week intervals and am overall doing fine.  

Mitz - many good docs don't accept insurance.  My GI does not.  However, my insurance will reimburse me for the visit.  It's just like visiting out of network docs.  For me it's worth it because I still get covered at 80/20 and I get to see the doctor I want.

Keith - will your insurance reimburse you for the cost of the surgery even if you use an out of network doctor?


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