Seeing your doctor probably costs a lot more than you think. Even if you have health insurance with a minimal co-pay, that's not the half of it.
If you need to see your endocrinologist every quarter, these costs can really add up. You need to factor in the cost of travel, which can include meals out and even overnight accommodations, particularly if you live a long way from the doctor's office. If your child is the one with diabetes, one or both parents will need to take off from work.
Until Kevin McMahon, the president and CEO of Diabetech in Dallas, told me about a new online cost calculator I hadn't realized what a financial burden these doctor visits could be. Kevin just told me about this neat way to help you determine the cost of these visits.
Dr. Steven Ponder, an endocrinologist who works with Kevin, developed to program. You might be as surprised at the cost of visiting your endo as I was when you check it out on Diabetech's website.
Their point is the alternative that Diabetech offers. I wrote about it here earlier this year and gave it such a positive review that Kevin features it on his site.
But my point now is not to repeat my support of their system. Instead, I would like to get all of us thinking about how much we are spending for health care and what we can do about it.
Certainly, the Diabetech system is one way. It is a type of telemedicine, which I have advocated ever since I benefited from participating in Dr. Joe Prendergast's program a decade ago.
Doctors as well as people with diabetes will benefit when we switch to telemedicine. A couple of years ago I reported here how telemedicine can save a lot of time for doctors.
Now, with the economy in the mess that it's in, it makes more sense than ever for us to reduce our health care costs.