With the ongoing debate on ways to reform health care, I've been thinking about the routine medical care I receive in a typical year. However, living with multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, it is not always easy to know if a particular year is going to be "typical" or not. So I examined exactly what health care services I used in one calendar year. Here is what I found:I saw the rheumatologist three times during the year since I have routine visits scheduled every four months.
Total charge: $433 - insurance adjustment: $202 = $231
Insurance paid: $176
My copayments: $75
I saw the neurologist (or nurse practitioner) five times during the year. In addition to routine visits scheduled every three to four months, I had two extra visits related to a multiple sclerosis relapse.
Total charge: $1,269 - insurance adjustment: $780 = $489
Insurance paid: $354
My copayments: $125
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The Annual Cost of My Chronic Illnesses