Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Another course of allergy shots, cost differential in medicine
I initially started seeing my allergist at a time when I was plagued with monthly, acute sinus infections. My ENT at the time suggested it. Fast forward, and I did several years of allergy shots. I was much better. I return to my allergist yearly for a check up, RX refill for my asthma inhaler.
These past 2 years, I have been simply plagued with a chronic cough. No illness associated, it's simply an allergic cough. Frustrating. I attended my annual appointment in July, and allergy testing was discussed and decided upon. My last round of allergy testing was back in 2005.
I returned a few weeks later for the allergy tests and I remain officially allergic to cats. As the specialist explained it, my airway is inflammed by this allergy so when I encounter another trigger such as heavy perfume, the cough ensues. I just want the cough gone. I really have no other symptoms. DD on the other hand, gets watery, inflammed eyes should the cat come too close.
MD agreed to let me have the shots in a local town where he has a satelite office once a week vs my having to return to the city where he is located, a good hour away. Instead a 20-30 minute drive will take me where I need to go. Depending upon my possible future employment, I may have to make arrangements to leave early every Thurs in order to get there for the last shot appointment, which I think is 5 pm. I'll be getting shots weekly for 6 months, and then can increase the time increment between them, ultimately only needing to go once a month. MD agreed to get the allergy serum made now, while my deductible is met.
I see on line that the bills have been processed.
MD visit charge $1180.00, reduced to in plan amount of $637.96.
Allergy serum charge $2178, reduced to in plan amount of $1080.42.
These costs should be comparable to buying a can of beans off the shelf-same price for all. Would this have cost me over $3000 if I didn't have insurance, I would not have pursued getting this addressed. It's a system I don't care for.
For now, zero cost to me. I have to double check on the new plan year's changes but I anticipate only being out the $20 or so fee for the nurse to inject me weekly.