Dear Companion, First of all, thank you!
By providing a ride and support for our patient you have accompanied to our endoscopy center today, you are helping prevent colon cancer.
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer- related deaths in the United States affecting both men and women. That is why early screening and detection is so important. If colon cancer is caught early, it is 90% curable.
Colon cancer can affect you regardless of gender or race. Approximately 80% of colon cancer cases have no prior family history and most have no symptoms.
Learn more about colon cancer by visiting web sites like the American Cancer Society or the National Cancer Institute,or during your short wait today please feel free to ask our staff for more information or a brochure.
Take the next step and schedule your appointment here at Digestive Disease Endoscopy Center. I’m sure the person you cared enough to bring to our center will do the same for you!
Digestive Disease Endoscopy Center
You could be the 1
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. It is highly preventable and, when caught early, is over 90% curable. Regular screening for colorectal cancer is recommended for every person over 50 years of age. Don’t wait – make an appointment for your screening colonoscopy today.
Some things in life ARE free. Now your Screening Colonoscopy could be too!
Colorectal cancer is extremely preventable if polyps that lead to the cancer are detected and removed, and it is very curable if the cancer is detected in its early stages. Prevention is essential. A screening or wellness visit can mean life or death.
If you or someone you know has been postponing their screening due to financial circumstances, now is the time to reconsider.
If you are age 50 or older and have commercial insurance coverage, your preventative care visits including screening colonoscopy could be at no charge to you.
What you should know:
- As part of healthcare reform, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires all healthcare insurance plans to begin covering preventative services without any cost sharing for patients. Some plans are exempt from the waiver, and therefore it is important to verify your benefits in advance.
- Talk to your doctor to determine if your colonoscopy would be screening or diagnostic, as a diagnostic colonoscopy is not considered preventative.
- Prior to receiving services, call you insurance company to confirm that you are covered, and that they are covering your screening colonoscopy without any cost sharing.
- Screening colonoscopies are covered under PPACA. However, not all services considered to be preventative are covered in the law, so it’s important to contact your carrier prior to receiving services to determine if you will have any financial responsibility.
- Some plans consider a patient with a personal history, and sometimes a family history, to be a diagnostic procedure instead of a screening, and therefore may not waive the patient financial responsibility. Check with your payer to find out about your benefits.
- If your provider is out-of-network, the insurance carrier does not have to follow PPACA, and therefore you may have a financial responsibility.