crazy drug testing cost

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mel1979
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 I have no problem with grtting drug tests. I also undrestand why it is needed in chronic pain management. My question is does anyone else getting drug tested at high cost? mine are 900 dollars a month !! so far my insurance is willing to pay for it ,i just wanted to know if anyone knew why the cost would be so much for a urine drug test. Thanks pharmers

 

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WOW . . . .

That sure sounds fishy, like maybe somebody is getting a kickback. When the Cancer Care center I've been going to for 5 years sold out to our local McHospital, St. Vincent's, owned by the Catholic organization / corporation, Christus they Doubled the cost of my thrice yearly anti-androgen treatment. They raised it from $7,000 to $14,000 and it seems that Medicare didn't bat an eye. I don't get it. Like you, I am not sent a bill just a pre-paid invoice. I wish that I could have more say, you know, like WAKE UP GUYS!!! This has nothing to do with the Health Bill because my statements have shown other rises before that was passed. If Christus can get away with this I wonder how many other of these "Super Hospitals" are doing the same. My formerly small clinic surely wouldn't have gotten away with such a move, at least I don't think they could or they would have tried . . . Q

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mel1979,Do you want the most

mel1979,

Do you want the most likely reason or the one that the clinic administrator will give you?

The most likely reason is that it is a cash cow, something that the clinic can make money on with little use of resources. There is a high rate of return, with little risk. All of the kits cost basically the same (for the same amount of information obtained). They can buy any one of a number of kits, and basically charge whatever the market will bear.

The reasons which are given by the clinics are, of course, that they are required by the DEA/FDA to do drug testing, since they prescribe significant amounts of suspect medicines. They want to provide their patients with the best, most reliable testing available. They want their patients to feel confident with the testing.

But, again, there really is not that much difference between the urine dip stick tests (comparing apples to apples). Of course, there is a wide difference in costs between the different testing methods, such as between as assay test versus a GC/MS (gas chromatography/mass spectrometry) test, as that would be comparing apples to horses.

The drug testing is one of those business functions that are becoming more and more prevalent in medical clinics these days. And, it is yet another way for the government to place just that more control over everyone.

I personally would prefer to see less government and more private decisions. Let the physicians decide when a random drug test is needed, based on clinical findings or suspicions. But, no, the government just has to stick its nose and fingers into everything, making everything so much more expensive. They should limit themselves to the areas where they can do the most good and leave the rest to work on its own. They should spend more time looking into problems like the terrible one right now; the compounding pharmacy who was basically manufacturing batches of medicine, instead of the individual prescriptions they were supposed to be doing.

Oh well.  I’ll get off my soap box.  Hope everyone is doing okay and getting ready to enjoy the weekend.

cgm

 

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First a reply to "Mel" then to "Quincy"......

namaste    To the vibratory sound complex that I now "know" as "Mel"...  "Yes"  I received a bill that clearly read "Not a Bill" but I digress. I have what can best be "named" 'Federal Insurance'  I worked for uS in an "alpha bet" agency (alpha bets consist of letters  EAG, EDA, N.. etc.) Then I was employed by a Ca. city police dep't.  I received "Not a Bill" that clearly read that I had a debt of $458 for yet another drug test.   That isn't nothing though.. 

 

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For Celtic seeing that basketball season is starting up...

√   <---- √ = Correct Answer.   The Dr. who probably has $250k in "student loans', and another $900k playing "Doctor" was at some Tax write off conference and some insurance lobbyist bought Him/Her a few drinks and explained that His/Her insurance rates would be cheaper IF he/she drug tested their pts. every other visit.

I KNOW for a fact in some State "drug courts"  The (s) pays $650 for each session. The more (s)s there are, the more $$ the probation/parole makes. The drug test guy is in the business to sell drug tests.   

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what should scare you is this...

Prisons are now a "privately run business"  They need bodies to make $$  The more bodies, the more $$$. Prison lobbyist leans on the politician to write some law.

Re: Drug Testing here in Flori-Duh.  Rep. Smith(R) passed a law where the welfare recipient had to pay for their own drug test. Then w/a little digging one finds out that Gov. Scott (R) new business is "Concierge Dr." places all over Flori-Duh where the aforementioned drug tests cost $34.00 at area hospitals the cost averaged $150.00  Where would you buy your drug test with your own money?  (The numbers revealed 3.9% tested +;  the whole Flori-Duh Legislate declined to take a drug test which would've been provided FREE)

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I think CGM covered it

I've asked insurace agents and office managers seperately why sometimes the doctor will double bill my previous insurace for 2 strep and flu swabs when they only did it ONCE. My doctor will put on the insurace to bill $55 for each strep swab and $35 for every flu swab. Its only so the office can make money my doctor's billing manager said...plus when I get the statement, they only negotiated for like $8.56 per strep swab and $5.89 for each flu swab. The insurace agents have said the doctor can bill WHATEVER they would like really but if and when you have insurace they will only pay for a certain amount, they aren't stupid.