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Any way to save on ESWT?

Posted by Phil on 5/28/04 at 11:06 (151472)

I just called a local center and they told me it would cost 5600 for both feet. According to an earlier post, BCBS is no longer covering it, so is there any way to get it for a reasonable cost?

Re: Any way to save on ESWT?

Dr. Z on 5/28/04 at 11:39 (151474)

Yes. We do the procedure for much less. E-mail Dr. Z at (email removed) and would be very happy to send you information or have one of our coordinators speak with you.

Re: Any way to save on ESWT?

Janice N on 5/30/04 at 09:08 (151589)

Mine was pre approved by Medicare and they don't pay high amts. for anything. I was worried they wouldn't pay for it. And I had it done to the bottom of foot and the back of my heel. One thing I must say about being on Medicare and I have been since my mid 30s is they do pay on most things. You can pick your own doctors and don't need to have referals to specialist. The amts. the doctors can charge is controled. They make up for it on those who have insurance. I had an operation that cost 2 thousand and a friend had the same and hers was 8 thousand
because she had good insurance. And they paid it.
There is two bad things about Medicare. If you are on it because of a disability you have to be on S.S. for two yrs. Doesn't make sense. You are too ill to work but can't get Medicare until you have suffered two yrs. And of course no medication is covered which makes NO SENSE WHAT SO EVER! No eye glasses or dental. So you have to go around blind with no teeth. Sad. But I am thankful the ESWT was covered.

Re: Any way to save on ESWT?

Dr. Z on 5/30/04 at 10:31 (151591)

Hi Janice,

Medicare coverage is different in each region of the country. What state and or carrier covered your ESWT?

Re: Any way to save on ESWT?

Ed Davis, DPM on 5/30/04 at 14:07 (151601)

Noridian, in my area, supposed has covered it, one treatment only, since July 2003. I have yet to recieve a check from them.

Re: Any way to save on ESWT?

Janice N on 6/01/04 at 10:54 (151708)

I live in Texas. I have been lucky to have so many things covered under Medicare. But it is harder to get medical equipment without alot of documentation due to abuse of companies such as wheelchairs and scooters. I had a hard time getting my dr who treats my diabetes to write me an order for diabetic shoes even though I have been under her care for other illnesses for 13yrs. It upset me so that I just had the podiatrist write the order. I understand that many abuse the system but I am not one of them.
Only problem with Medicare is no prescription coverage, glasses, hearing aids or dental coverage.
Medicare hmos are not the way to go. but just regular Medicare is good. I have had numerous surgeries and it paid well. Many times the 20 percent can be written off.