Remicade facility charge

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   Posted 9/18/2007 2:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I am about to switch my insurance and so far I am down to two options, both cover remicade infusions but one has 20% facility charge copay. Price difference between the two is $50 dollars monthly.
Do you know what a typical facility charge is? As far as I understand nurse has to stay with you at all times, is that right?
Just trying to be practical, any info is highly appreciated! Thanks.

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   Posted 9/18/2007 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Gosh, I've never heard of a "facility" charge. And, there are nurses on charge at all times at my infusion center. Good luck with the decision....I know I wasn't much help!

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   Posted 9/18/2007 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
My co-pay for the facility is also 20%, which works out to be about $75 each time. That's for the hospital where the Remicade is administered. There are usually several nurses in the room during the infusion but there are a number of other patients there. They will keep close tabs on you.

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   Posted 9/18/2007 8:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I had to pay my deductable 300 but then it is just the specialist copay $40 in my case. There is no facility charge. My infusions are actually given in a back room at my doctors office. Nothing fancy some large recliners with infusion pumps and a tv.
Diagnosed with Pan Colitis 2004 (age 23).
Asacol 12 per day
Prednisone, off 2006
6mp 75mg per day (got off becuase I am starting Remicade)
Canasa when needed
Remicade second infusion Aug 21st

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   Posted 9/18/2007 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I think I'll just go with 50 dollars a month difference, good thing I can switch in 6 months. Thanks!

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   Posted 9/19/2007 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I would suggest you call and find out what the "facility charge" is. Medical bills are so hard to read, when I have my remicade at my GIs office it's about $5000, at the hospital it's $8,000. As to how much of that is a "facility charge", who knows? But it would be a shame to pay several hundred dollars per treatment just to save $600 per year.
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Asacol 4 tabs 2x daily
Forvia once a day
Probiotic twice daily
Methotrexate 3 pills once a week
Actonel once a week
Calcium supp.
Omega-3 once daily
Eighth Remicade infusion End of August

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   Posted 9/19/2007 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks! I just wrote to my GI, we'll see what he has to say.
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