This is why I stay away from doctors as much as possible.
Problem: lower right quadrant abdominal pain, on/off for over six months.
Primary Doc: Could be an ovarian cyst. Go see a gynecologist. $25 copay
Gynecologist: Could be an ovarian cyst, let's get an pelvic ultrasound. $50 copay
Pelvic Ultrasound: $150.00
Pelvic ultrasound shows small fibroid on left, nothing on right.
Primary Doc: Maybe you should seen an GI doc. $25 copay
GI doc: Let's get a CT scan of the abdomen. $50 copay
CT scan: $350.00
CT scan shows "pelvic cyst, probably benign", follow up appointment required to discuss with GI doc.
GI doc in follow up: cyst is on the left, probably an ovarian cyst. You need to see a gynecologist and get a pelvic ultrasound.
Me: I've already had that.
GI doc: Oh. Well I'll make a copy of the scan results and you can make an appointment with your gynecologist to discuss the results. And now we need to do a colonoscopy to find out what is causing the pain on the right. $50 copay
The colonoscopy will also be a $350 copay. Such joy.
If you haven't been keeping track, that is $700 out of my pocket so far for two tests to tell me the same exact freaking thing. And fixed nothing.
And my primary is suggesting an MRI for the back pain I've been having (which is getting better so I'm completely denying the suggestion it may be a herniated or ruptured disc). That would be at least another $350.
Thor sez: Sheesh, if you were a cat, we'd be pondering the Big Pink Shot.