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Free Screening Colonoscopies

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As of Jan 1, 2011, you may now qualify for a free screening colonoscopy.

Here’s who is eligible:

Medicare Patients

If you’re a Medicare patient, you can qualify for a free screening colonoscopy if you:

  • are of the recommended screening age
  • do NOT have any symptoms of colon cancer
  • do NOT have personal history of colon polyps or colon cancer.


Note: A Medicare patient can still qualify for a free screening colonoscopy even if you have a family history of colon cancer or colon polyps.

Cost of a Screening Colonoscopy:

  • $0 annual deductible for procedure
  • $0 co-insurance for procedure

Cost of a Diagnostic Colonoscopy:

  • $0 annual deductible for procedure
  • 20% co-insurance must be paid for procedure


Private Insurance Patients

If you have private insurance and your insurance plan offers free colonoscopies, then you can qualify for a free screening colonoscopy if you:

  • are of the recommended screening age
  • do NOT have any symptoms
  • do NOT have personal history of colon polyps or colon cancer


Note: Most private insurance companies DO NOT cover the costs of a screening colonoscopy if you have a family history of colon cancer or colon polyps. You need to check your policy or call your provider to determine whether or not you are eligible for a free screening colonoscopy.

  • Cost of a Screening or Diagnostic Colonoscopy: check with your insurance provider to determine the full extent of your benefits and whether or not you are responsible for any potential out-of-pocket costs.


How Do Free Screening Colonoscopies Work?

Medicare patients who are eligible for a free colonoscopy screening will pay no deductible, co-pay or co-insurance. Some private insurance companies are also required to offer full coverage for screening colonoscopies with no out-of-pocket costs going forward. Private insurance patients should contact their insurance company to determine their benefits. Also, both Medicare and private insurance patients may still be responsible for other services, such as anesthesia, associated with the procedure.

What is a Screening Colonoscopy?

A screening colonoscopy is a procedure performed on a patient of screening age, who has no symptoms in order to find colon polyps or cancer. General guidelines recommend that the age for screening colonoscopies begins at 50 for people at average risk. Recent studies indicate that African-Americans may need to start screening at age 45.?

Note: A screening colonoscopy is NOT a colonoscopy that is performed to explain the patient’s symptoms (i.e. blood in stools, changes in bowel movements, etc.).

Screening Colonoscopy vs. Diagnostic Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy that is performed in order to explain symptoms is called a diagnostic colonoscopy, which is not considered free by Medicare. Private insurance patients are also usually fully liable for all cost related to a scheduled diagnostic colonoscopy.

There are some cases where a scheduled screening colonoscopy can become a diagnostic colonoscopy, and in those cases, a patient is responsible for any out-of-pocket costs related to their deductible, co-insurance or co-pays for standard costs like physician and facility fees.

A screening colonoscopy becomes a diagnostic colonoscopy when a physician removes a polyp or takes a biopsy during the procedure.

Although many physicians recommend patients with a family history of polyps or colon cancer to get screened earlier than the recommended age, some private insurance companies consider a family history of colon cancer or colon polyps as a criterion for a diagnostic colonoscopy – NOT a screening colonoscopy.

Are you age 50 or older?

Yes No

How are you covered?

Private Insurance Uninsured

Do you have a first degree relative (parent, siblings or children) with a history of polyps or colon cancer?

Yes No

How are you covered?

Medicare Private Insurance Uninsured

Sorry, you do not qualify for a free screening colonoscopy at this time. Go to StopColonCancerNow.com for more information about colon cancer and how you can prevent this disease.

If you are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms such as abdominal pain, blood in your stool, changes in your bowel habits, vomiting or unexplained weight loss or anemia, you may need a diagnostic colonoscopy to determine the cause of these symptoms.

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Unfortunately, uninsured individuals do not qualify for a free screening colonoscopy, but it’s extremely important for you to get screened for colon cancer at age 50. (If you have a family history of colon cancer, you may need a screening before age 50.) There are reduced cost options available. Colon cancer is 90 percent preventable if caught early.

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Your colonoscopy may be covered for a free or at a reduced cost as a “high risk colon cancer screening,” because with a family history, you may need to get screened earlier than age 50. Contact your health insurance provider to verify your coverage and any conditions that may apply.

Find a qualified gastroenterologist in your area who can help you find out if you qualify.

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Do you currently have Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms?

Yes No

Do you have a personal history of polyps or colon cancer?

Yes No

Do you have a first degree relative (parent, siblings, or children) with a history or polyps or colon cancer?

Yes No

You may need a diagnostic colonoscopyA colonoscopy that is performed in order to explain symptoms is called a diagnostic colonoscopy., which would disqualify you from a free screening colonoscopyA screening colonoscopy is performed on a patient of screening age, who has no symptoms, in order to detect and remove colon polyps that could lead to cancer.. But GI symptoms should never be taken lightly. Please, find a gastroenterologist near you today. A gastroenterologist will determine if you need a colonoscopy, and if so, they will walk you through any costs associated with this procedure. Today, with Medicare there is a co-pay or co-insurance associated with any diagnostic colonoscopy. You can also talk with your Medicare representative for more details.

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Congratulations! You’re eligible for a free or reduced-cost colonoscopy. Medicare will pay for one screening colonoscopyA screening colonoscopy is performed on a patient of screening age, who has no symptoms, in order to detect and remove colon polyps that could lead to cancer. every 24 months. Under new legislation (as of Jan. 1, 2015), Medicare will now waive the deductible and co-insurance for anesthesia used during screening colonoscopies. (this currently only applies if a polyp is not found during the procedure.)

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Congratulations! You’re eligible for a free or reduced-cost colonoscopy. Medicare will pay for one screening colonoscopyA screening colonoscopy is performed on a patient of screening age, who has no symptoms, in order to detect and remove colon polyps that could lead to cancer. every 24 months. Under new legislation (as of Jan. 1, 2015), Medicare will now waive the deductible and co-insurance for anesthesia used during screening colonoscopies. (this currently only applies if a polyp is not found during the procedure.)

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Congratulations! You’re eligible for a free or reduced-cost colonoscopy. Medicare will pay for one screening colonoscopyA screening colonoscopy is performed on a patient of screening age, who has no symptoms, in order to detect and remove colon polyps that could lead to cancer. every 10 years. Under new legislation (as of Jan. 1, 2015), Medicare will now waive the deductible and co-insurance for anesthesia used during screening colonoscopies. (this currently only applies if a polyp is not found during the procedure.)

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Do you currently have Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms?

Yes No

Do you have a personal history of polyps or colon cancer?

Yes No

Do you have a first degree relative (parent, siblings, or children) with a history or polyps or colon cancer?

Yes No

You will most likely require a diagnostic colonoscopyA colonoscopy that is performed in order to explain symptoms is called a diagnostic colonoscopy., which unfortunately disqualifies you from a free screening colonoscopyA screening colonoscopy is performed on a patient of screening age, who has no symptoms, in order to detect and remove colon polyps that could lead to cancer.. But GI symptoms should not be taken lightly. Find a gastroenterologist right away to confirm your need for a colonoscopy. Please check with your health insurance provider to verify your specific coverage.

Find a gastroenterologist today

You will most likely require a diagnostic colonoscopyA colonoscopy that is performed in order to explain symptoms is called a diagnostic colonoscopy., which unfortunately disqualifies you from a free screening colonoscopyA screening colonoscopy is performed on a patient of screening age, who has no symptoms, in order to detect and remove colon polyps that could lead to cancer.. However, it is very important that you contact your primary care physician or a qualified gastroenterologist right away to confirm your need for a colonoscopy. Then check with your health insurance provider to verify your specific coverage. Colon cancer is 90 percent preventable with early detection.

Your colonoscopy may be covered for free or at a reduced cost as a “high risk colon cancer screening,” because with a family history, you may need to get screened earlier than age 50. Find a qualified gastroenterologist in your area who can help you find out if you qualify. Also, some insurance providers now waive deductible and co-insurance for anesthesia.

Some private health insurance providers cover the cost of a screening colonoscopyA screening colonoscopy is performed on a patient of screening age, who has no symptoms, in order to detect and remove colon polyps that could lead to cancer. as part of preventative healthcare. Contact your health insurance provider to verify your coverage and any conditions that may apply.

Find a gastroenterologist today

Congratulations! You are eligible for a low-cost or free screening colonoscopyA screening colonoscopy is performed on a patient of screening age, who has no symptoms, in order to detect and remove colon polyps that could lead to cancer.. Some private health insurance providers cover the cost of screening colonoscopy as preventative health care. Also, some insurance providers now waive deductible and co-insurance for anesthesia for screening colonoscopies only. Contact your health insurance provider to verify your coverage and any conditions that may apply.

Find a qualified gastroenterologist in your area today!

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