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How to Help Family Members Schedule, Receive A Colonoscopy

How to Help Family Members Schedule, Receive A Colonoscopy

Your friend or loved one might know they need to schedule a colon cancer screening or colonoscopy but feel anxiety about penciling the procedure onto their calendar.  There are a few things you can do to help ease their anxiety.

The best thing you can do for your friend and family member is help them be prepared for everything from scheduling the colonoscopy or colon cancer screening to having the actual procedure performed. Here are some tips to help:

  1. Mondays are Best. Preparing for a colonoscopy is a multiple day process with prep and the procedure. Encourage your friend or loved one to do the prep over the weekend and schedule the appointment for a Monday, so they miss only one day of work. In order to ensure a Monday colonoscopy, help them look over the calendar to pick a couple of Mondays that would work.
     
  2. Gather Information. The scheduler will need information when making the appointment. In order to prevent having to call back or delaying the appointment, make sure your friend or family member has their information like Social Security number and medical insurance carrier information on hand.
     
  3. Prepare Your Call Time. Most likely your friend and family member will want to schedule their appointment in private. Suggest to them be a little late for work so they wait for the house to empty out before calling. If you can and there is no opposition, try to be there during the call in case your friend or family member gets frazzled or tries to back out. Also, in regards to calling times, remind them that most offices take a lunch and usually close earlier than normal business hours.
     
  4. Double Check. Last but not least double-checking your appointment date and time is important. Have your friend or loved one repeat the scheduled appointment time to the scheduler and then immediately write it down in a planner or put the date in their phone.  Also, write down their colonoscopy time and date for yourself, so you can help if they lose the information.

Another way to help ease your friend or family member’s mind about the colonoscopy or colon cancer screening is letting them know you will also support them through the prep and the procedure.

There’s lots to do prior to the procedure, including not eating solid food the day or so before the procedure, as well as sticking to clear liquids and avoiding certain medications. This can be challenging for many people, especially senior citizens, so be on hand to offer moral support. You might even show some real solidarity by following the same restrictions.

Also, it’s important to remember that someone receiving a colonoscopy can’t drive themselves home after the procedure, so clear your schedule that day in order to take him or her to and from the surgical center.

Being supportive all the way through the process of a colonoscopy not only benefits your friend or family member; it can also help you become more familiar with the procedure so when it’s your turn, you’ll have the routine down pat.

posted on April 8, 2014 in news

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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.

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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?

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

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

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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.

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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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