Posted 10/19/2009 3:20 PM (GMT -6)
Ask about all the places you can go, and then call and get prices. The differences can be huge! Infusion centers are cheaper than hospitals, generally.
And, of course, know what your insurance will cover.
Everything else you can find out here!
My infusion takes about three hours total. They put the needle in the back of my hand, and do a great job because it never even leaves a mark. They take samples of blood to test, and gave me benedryl just in case I had an allergic reaction (I didn't and don't get it anymore). then they attach the IV bag, liquid gold. I'm alone in a very small treatment room, and I have them turn off the florescent light and keep the door open, because treatment room light is harsh, especially when you are laying back in a lounge chair. They come in to take my blood pressure regularly (with a wrist thing), so it's hard to sleep. I usually read newspapers and work stuff (they provide a desk lamp), and bring something to drink. Then I'm on to the rest of my day. Infusions cost me about $350 in co-pays.