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Next Step for Colon Health: Making Your Colonoscopy Appointment

Next Step for Colon Health: Making Your Colonoscopy Appointment

You’ve decided to look into getting a colonoscopy – good for you! This is a great way to take charge of your digestive health. But there are a few things to know before you make your appointment that will speed up the whole process.

First, most insurance plans won’t cover a colonoscopy if you make your own appointment with a gastroenterologist without seeing your primary-care physician first. He or she will send a referral form to the specialist’s office, and then you can contact them to make your appointment.

You might also want to review your insurance coverage to see what’s covered. Many plans offer free colonoscopies if you are the recommended age, don’t have any symptoms and don’t have a personal history of colon cancer. Medicare recipients also qualify for free screenings if they meet certain criteria.

Getting a colonoscopy doesn’t have to be a complicated procedure, and doing your homework ahead of time will ensure that you see the doctor quickly and with as little expense as possible.

posted on January 2, 2012 in news