How much $ are Dr. visits?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by zoemurr, Jan 25, 2006.

  1. zoemurr

    zoemurr New Member

    I've been seeing an accupuncturist and it isn't helping. She suggested I see an internist who is not in network, but uses holistic and traditional med. I have horrendous brain fog (been walking around outside my body for over a year :( and will do just about anything.. but this chic is $300 for an hour visit. Fortunately for me $ is not a huge issue, but this seems nuts. I know the FFC is even more.. but come on people. How much is a Dr. visit if you go to your reg doc for the 15 min. brush off?

    Thanks,
    Sherry
  2. ilovecats94

    ilovecats94 New Member

    charges $67 for an OV and it is about 10 minutes or so. Right now we are out of network with our family doctor, but plan on continuing to see him. I hope he continues to give me pain meds for flares, because I just do not know how I would be able to live though the pain without them.

    I have been in the worst flare this month than I have in years. As soon as I feel better, I do something to cause the flare to rear its ugly head in my shoulders/upper chest/neck/back. The pain can be unbearable.

    I hate seeing docs though.

    Hugs,
    Faye
  3. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Sherry, in my opinion, NO DOCTOR is worth $300 an hour!!!!!

    I wouldn't care what method this doc uses to treat his patients, I would go to someone in-network that your insurance would pay for.

    The cost of office visits vary according to what part of the country you live in. I looked at your bio to see if you were from California or NYC, etc., but it wasn't filled out. I know where I live, my Internist charges $120/visit if you have insurance, but I have Medicare and they only pay him $67 for the visit - and that is with no time limit on his office calls. My cardiologist only charges $65/visit.

    My other docs, all specialists, charge anywhere from $65 to $95/visit.
  4. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Faye,

    I'm so sorry to hear that you're in such a bad flare. I wish that there was something that I could do for you.

    I certainly hope you get to feeling better, too.

    and ... sometimes you have to go to a certain doc who is out-of-network if you have been going to him forever and like him, and most importantly .... gives you meds for pain that you desperately need!

    Get well soon, dear.

    ((((((Big SOFT Hugs))))))
    Janet
  5. zoemurr

    zoemurr New Member

    It's the internist that's $300 an hour. (The accupuncture was $45 for an hour and a half combined with another treatment.)

    I'm in upstate NY where things aren't usually pricey. But if regular docs ususally charge $80-$90 for a 15min visit is this so off base? I really need to sit with someone that will listen. Ugh.. hubby said it's fine, and if she helps me obviously it's worth millions, but if she doesn't I'll feel miserable. I couldn't get an appt. until next Friday, so obviously other people are paying this?

    I'm thinking of calling her and flat out asking why it's so much..
  6. NyroFan

    NyroFan New Member

    Zoemurr:
    My rhematologist costs $80 per visit. Needless to say I am there often, but the insurance covers the entire amount.
    Hugs,
    NyroFan
  7. Beckula

    Beckula New Member

    I have a $20 co-pay for my doc visits, but for health insurance, it costs $260/month for my husband and I.
  8. snooker11

    snooker11 New Member

    300/hr is waaaay too much for an internist. However, if you go to see any shrink in NYC it'll cost you 150-400/hr. They charge that much because people will pay that much. also, some people think if they pay alot they are getting better care (not always the case). if you can afford it and think it's worth it to you, go for it. i would call here and ask her why her cost is so high.

  9. mary124

    mary124 New Member

    My doctor visits are around $75.00 for my primary care and around $250.00 to $400.00 for a specialist, thats depending on any special tests as well. Insurance covers all except $20/$30.00