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    The Cost
    Opal40 posted:
    What has everyone here been charged, by the lab, for their drug tests?..... It will be on your EOB (explanation of benefits)...... Please type the Total Charge and then the Benefit Payment.....If there is a contract between your insurance they do not have to pay the Total Charge.
    ctbeth responded:
    This depends upon which kind of drug screen that your MD has ordered.
    Opal40 responded:
    Yeahhhhhh, I'm not looking for extreme details.....Just basic info on what others are getting charged...
    blessedladyptl replied to Opal40's response:
    I have a grown daughter who is on ADD medication (Schedule II) They have insurance now, but last year they did not. Her doctor does urine tests to see if the ADD meds are in your system and also to see if any other drugs are that aren't prescribed. I was with her at one of her appointments and I saw the copy of the lab report. I was also with her when she paid her bill and the cost for the urine test was $60.00. This doctor is not a specialists.
    Not sure if this helps, but thought I'd share it.

    Opal40 replied to blessedladyptl's response:
    Thank you
    IamIrene responded:
    I've had a few urine tests with pain management doctor.
    My insurance paid for them. The price was about $110 dollar.
    There is a lab tec that works for the pain doctor. She may be from a lab, but it's one person. I don't know if she is paid from the doctors office or from the lab.
    So they make you have the urine test every month and it cost $500? That's a lot of money and a lot of urine tests.
    Have you talked about it with your doctor?
    Does your insurance pay for like one a year and the rest they won't?
    What is the kind of pain that you go to pain management? Just wondering.
    TDXSP08 replied to IamIrene's response:
    I get tested every August and it is the full blown GCMS on all drugs of abuse,all controlled drugs and what the levels of all drugs in my system are, and i have copies of these tests and results but my insurance has never been billed for the tests which is beyond me as to how my doc gets reimbursed for it.

    I also know that GCMS testing is the most precise and the most expensive testing there is there has got to ne 40or more drugs that they yesy for and quantify any amount found and last time i heard it was like 800 bucks per drug just testing for the presence and then even more to Quantify how much is in your blood stream. So if you are talking the goid standard a full GCMS you need gold to pay for it,but it goes down from there some Doctors offices use urine dip sticks that cost 40 bucks st the pharmacy you nrvrt know.
    i have no small step for man, but i have 6 tires for mankind,Watch your Toes!
    Opal40 replied to IamIrene's response:
    The doctor doesn't care..... When you will be tested is a surprise..... It could be every time for 3 visits or once then maybe the next year..... My ins doesn't cover it and I wonder how long other's ins will cover it.....The ins co's may get tired of this expense..... I think I was one of the 1st insureds to be not covered because of a pre existing condition. It was back in 1990.....It took22 years for the GOVERNMENT to intervene.....
    Onehurtguy responded:
    Drug testing isn't covered by your insurance?

    It can't be that expensive can it?
    IamIrene replied to Onehurtguy's response:
    Don't all insurances pay for lab tests?
    A 500 dollar urine test that insurance won't pay for? There is obviously something else going on. No one else here seems to have a problem with insurance paying for urine test.
    annette030 replied to IamIrene's response:
    Insurance companies usually pay only for medically necessary tests. They usually take the doctors word for it and just pay. But now there are drug screens, some insurance companies say they are not medically necessary, and some go ahead and pay them. I think we will see who has the better lobby.

    I have had expensive testing for drug levels turned down, and cheap ones paid for by the same insurance company.

    Take care, Annette

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