Rundown on Wednesday

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Registered: 09-25-2003
Rundown on Wednesday
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Wed, 06-19-2013 - 8:39am

With this crazy weather of hot, cold, hot, cold weather, my allergies seem constant and annoying.  On top of the emotional trudge ray of everyday life, my allergies are an added stressor.  We had planned a wonderftri family trip to Atlantis, only to learn that our son "hasn't had time" to get a passport, although we asked him to do it months ago, and we have given him weekly reminders that the consequence is no spectacular vacation.   Aaaahhhh, teenagers!!!  Well, dd and I have a great trip planned out west, and I will make that as spectacular as I can.

work today, possibly Linedancing tonight, possible 6-7 hour round trip tomorrow for dd's work gig, followed by a 6 hour round trip to visit my mom's this weekend.  

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Thu, 06-20-2013 - 3:47pm

Karla, you might want to ask the MRI place how much they charge for a "cash pay" patient (although they'll probably accept a credit card) as opposed to them billing the insurance. They might know offhand how much your insurance will allow, or be willing to call them for you. We also have bad insurance/huge deductible and twice my dh has gotten an MRI without using the insurance because our out of pocket expense is significantly less that way--not cheap, but less. It doesn't get applied towards the deductible so we wouldn't have done it that way if we had suspected that he was going to need expensive treatment following the test. The radiology place where I get my mammos even has a page on their website listing the non-insurance prices for many tests.

I also get some Rx's at Costco. My experience has been that for Rx's billed to insurance, all contracted pharmacies have to charge the same. But sometimes a med (like a common, generic medication) is actually cheaper at Costco when I bypass insurance--I've checked the no-insurance cost at a few large chains like CVS and Walgreen's too because they're closer to my house, and Costco was much less. Costco is always nice about giving me both prices before filling the Rx.

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