My late husband passed away on Valentine’s Day, 2011 for lack of $1000 (basically), the cost of a colonoscopy back then. For the past several years, the Affordable Care Act has paid for preventive medicine and tests like these, and I sincerely hope that people took advantage of that; it had to have saved lives. With the new administration, it probably won’t be long before the Act is repealed, and people who benefited from it will be back to fending for themselves, often times forgoing medical attention rather than have to come up with the exorbitant amount of money that healthcare now costs.
I don’t want to get into a political debate. My only purpose here is for everyone to take advantage of preventive tests before they are no longer feasibly available to the poor and middle class. I think healthcare should be a right, not a privilege, but that it was simply done badly. It needs to be fixed, but, more likely, the government will just do away with it completely.
Get a physical exam, bloodwork, mammogram, colonoscopy, etc. now. Don’t wait! If you wait, it could cost you greatly. See my post from several years back, about the cost of not getting tested. Click here.