Well, the cramping and spotting have stopped completely. That can’t be good.
So I’ve decided to ditch my current OB and try to find someone who will at least consider the medication option. I just don’t understand how my current guy considers anesthesia and uterus-scraping to be less risky than a medication. I want a second opinion.
I spent some time on the phone this morning and came away with two appointments. There’s a reason for my having two.
The first one I scheduled was with an OB who participates with my insurance. It took me a couple of calls before I found a doctor who would consider the medication. At least one, I was told, didn’t have the malpractice coverage for it. I’m sure it’s just an extra rider or something, but that statement doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the drug.
Then I called Planned Parenthood and found out that I’d pay $75 for the first visit (vs. a $40 copay at the other place) and $440 for a D&C (vs $978 at one hospital).
That said, Planned Parenthood charges about the same for the meds as it does for the D&C. Whereas if I go to the other OB, the meds might be covered. I called my insurance and was told that the drugs aren’t on the formulary. But they’re administered on-site from what I can understand, so they may be billed as a procedure. I left a message with the billing department of the OB to see how it would be billed/whether it would be covered.
If the drugs are covered, I’ll keep my appointment with the OB on the 22nd and cancel the Planned Parenthood appointment (on the 21st). Then I’ll discuss the medication with the OB. If she still wants to go ahead with a D&C, I’ll have to make a new appointment at Planned Parenthood. At least that way I can save on a D&C. Plus, maybe the second opinion will be pro-medication.
But if the drugs aren’t covered — or are about the same as at Planned Parenthood — I’ll cancel the OB appointment and stick with Planned Parenthood. And give PP a donation to facilitate the low prices it offers.
Nothing like bargain shopping for a miscarriage, eh?