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Posted on: Aug 21, 2020 05:13PM

Castigame wrote:

I am just venting and asking for advice.

Post all kitchen sink treatments 3 yrs still have a few thousand dollars left to pay (I said no to a few medical bills of course. The primary reason I am working is for medical insurance. I am only 50 by the way. $2800 ded and $6000 OOP.

I just found out cancer hospital charged $480 (my portion of ded) for blood tests and they will get away w it. The same blood tests done a local blood lab cost me less than $14.00 whopping 3500% mark up tried reasoning w billing dept but no that is what insurance allows. it is$480 and the 3500% mark up I really dont see myself going to another cancer hospital..


arranged the same blood tests at local lab and some radiology tests at local facility for about $500 total. Hospital total would have been at least $1500. Now next thing is i need to tell my onco that i will be getting all tests outside the hospital..


the advice i am seeking is anyone do tests outside and be seen by fancy oncos at hospital? i was told they still charge for review..


Mimi Dx 1/11/2017, IDC: Papillary/IDC: Cribriform, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 1/11/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/2 nodes Surgery 2/15/2017 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal Chemotherapy 3/21/2017 Radiation Therapy 7/31/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 10/30/2017
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Aug 21, 2020 07:21PM Spookiesmom wrote:

Last year after rads, I got hit with a 2300 k bill for copays and dr visit. I called hospital, can we work something out? Send us proof of your income. Did that. They wrote it off. Try it.

If there is a next time for rads, if I go to a different place, not hospital connected, no copay.

I have all my labs, for MO, Endo,Cardio done at my PCP. I like his vampires. They send it to Quest, ordering dr gets results as does PCP. With my insurance there is no copay.

Can you check into a different insurance plan?

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Aug 22, 2020 06:01AM Castigame wrote:

thank you spookiesmom

Unfortunately I make too much money and looking for another plan is not feasible,

i guess i will do what you did in terms of getting tests outside.

this experience made me sad because it reminded me that i was sick , it was costly, it still be costly enough to remind me i was sick, the outrageousness of 3500% markup, inconvenience of doing things separately, possibility of getting kicked out of the hospital. i am also thankful that I can afford the 3500% markup.. yes this is another life lesson in many ways.


Mimi Dx 1/11/2017, IDC: Papillary/IDC: Cribriform, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 1/11/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/2 nodes Surgery 2/15/2017 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal Chemotherapy 3/21/2017 Radiation Therapy 7/31/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 10/30/2017
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Aug 22, 2020 11:45AM - edited Aug 30, 2020 11:48PM by nopink2019

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Dx 2008, IDC, Stage IA, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 2019, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver/lungs, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy Kisqali
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Aug 25, 2020 06:44PM - edited Aug 25, 2020 06:44PM by Castigame

The latest is I threw multiple fits via social media, 800 # and contacting chief marketing officer of the hospital.

I got shot down every single time so I surrender re to the 3500% mark up bill.

I have verbal confirmations re hospital would accept outside test results. Oh no maybe I should get that in writing???


Scheduled 3 blood tests, CT scan chest w & wo contrast and Dexa Scan on 09/11/20 via third party vendor. Ct scan is for my peace of mind but the 4 are Onco wanted.

Actual radiology place may threw a fit because the scripts state I have insurance. Yea it still is a battle even after all medical C treatments.


Mimi Dx 1/11/2017, IDC: Papillary/IDC: Cribriform, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 1/11/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/2 nodes Surgery 2/15/2017 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal Chemotherapy 3/21/2017 Radiation Therapy 7/31/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 10/30/2017

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