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LizH 09-23-2009 07:17 PM

Cost? Handling nerves?

I'm Liz, 24. I have a large PWS on my right hand that extends up to my back. I was treated as a child and have decided to go in for more treatments. I've found a doctor I feel comfortable with who has the Perfecta laser and also wants to test YAG and another laser on me, however, my insurance isn't going to cover the treatment & I want a little background on the average costs.

Has anyone paid out-of-pocket? Were you charged a fee per visit, or a fee per group of visits, or a fee per laser shot?

Also, in the past I've always had a family member with me for these treatments but around here I only have friends... has anyone asked a friend to drive them home after treatments? I really don't want to do these alone since I tend to get super-nervous (flipped out in the bathroom before my consult), but I don't want a friend in the room with me getting worse than I am. Would it be weird to ask a close friend to drive me and wait in the waiting room or another exam room? Would asking for an exam room to be in before and after the appointment be very unusual?


missy 09-24-2009 12:33 AM

You should ask your doctor what the cost will be. If you are paying out of pocket, they would be the very ones to tell you how much it will cost. Also, many times, paying cash gets you a discount... they don't have to spend the time and staff to deal with insurance, they don't have to wait to be paid, etc.

Not too long ago, a friend called me to ask me to drive her to the doctor. She was vomitting explosively. Everyone in the waiting room moved as far away from us as possible. :) LOL It got funny (well, to everyone except my friend) after a while.

If I can go with THAT friend to the doc, surely one of your friends will go with you to a laser treatment. Find one that needs to catch up on her reading. She doesn't need an exam room, just a comfy chair.


LizH 09-24-2009 04:50 AM

The doc did quote me ($1 per laser... shot, pump, whatever) but I know other non-covered procedures are frequently negotiated so I'd like to compare that price.

kgregory 03-22-2010 12:42 AM

Hey Liz!
I'm 15, and though I can't help much about the first part of the question, I would say bring a friend with you :) I've had my mom and brothers (they wanted to see the laser) come in with me before, and the doctors were totally ok with it.

Also, don't be nervous :) with some of the new lasers they have, I can barely feel it. I used to get nervous, but I'm actually looking forward to the treatment tomorrow, because I know I'm one step closer to having it completely gone :)

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