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posted by Tom Senyitko in Local

Health Care Costs are Crazy

February 16, 2013

I am over 50 and as everybody over 50 knows, we need to keep an eye on our cholesterol level. When the level is low that means we can continue enjoying BBQ or Brats or what ever wonderful southern delicacies we can put our hands on.
This is when I got a huge reality check. Went to my physician to get a check up. Paid my obligatory co-pay of $40. and had some blood taken. Weeks later my bill shows up knocking hard on my front door. Yes, insurance bill envelopes have a life of their own and knock hard. Cowardly, I stab this envelope with the knife shaped opener and find the visit to the beautifully decorated office cost $175. And, the much needed cholesterol test bumped that bill up an extra $111.
Now I understand I am nobody special and this is how the health care industry operates. Huge prices for what is perceived as expensive specialized info. We are programed to believe this and luckily insurance foots the bill. That is why our monthly premiums are sucking us dry. Right? To quote Steve Martin " but Nooooooo". In order to afford health insurance, we carry a huge deductible and the cost of the visit is pretty much on my dime.
Even though I know better than running up a medical tab like this. I know this better than most as I personally introduced a new health care idea to Athens. We are slowly, patient by patient changing how folks approach medical bills. Why not make your blood tests available without all the buffered expense? Why not get rid of all the frills and just pay for your cholesterol test? I opened a walk in site on Milledge called #LabTestSelect. This is what we do. We eliminate the extra, unnecessary costs of blood testing. To prove a point, I paid $111. plus extras for my cholesterol test. Had I done this test at LabTestSelect it would have cost $45.
Folks, that is a "game Changer". That is why I am helping change heath care in Athens.
By the way, I will be consuming plenty more of the southern delicacies as my cholesterol level is just perfect.

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