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$ 385
Jun 2008
Eau Claire, WI
Family practitioner
Checkup and x-ray for knee injury  more... close row
$ 105
Apr 2008
Dublin, OH
Family Doctor
Doctor never rushes her patients  more... close row
$ 89
Mar 2008
York, ME
Maintenance Check-Up for Existing Medications
MD Internist to manage ADD meds  more... close row
$ 375
Sep 2007
Fort Washington, MD
Ear Specialist/ Hearing Test for ocupational safety.
Seeing a specialist for hearing loss  more... close row
$ 168
Dec 2007
Gadsden, AL
Rheumatologist
Trip to a rheumatology specialist  more... close row
$ 73
Mar 2008
Lansing, Michigan
Primary Care Physician/regular checkup
No insurance but happy with doctor  more... close row
$ 20
Apr 2007
Orem, UT
Sinus infection
Copay for doctor's visit at good doctor office  more... close row
$ 102
Jun 2007
Chesterton, IN
General Practitioner
Doctors notes affect co-pay  more... close row
$ 20
Mar 2008
Boston, MA
GP/Physical
Co-pay for routine physical exam  more... close row
$ 139
Oct 2007
Marysville, WA
General Practitioner
Follow up appointment for chronic condition  more... close row
$ 20
Jan 2006
Dublin, OH
Family Doctor
Doctor's visit for bronchitis  more... close row
$ 30
Apr 2008
Scottsdale, AZ
annual checkup
Copay for annual check up  more... close row
$ 91
May 2008
Sterling, Illinois
general practice/check up
Thorough checkup for sinus problems  more... close row
$ 15
Mar 2007
Chicago, IL
Family Practioner
Doctor didn't listen during physical exam  more... close row
$ 30
Sep 2008
Westminster, CO
Family practice
Unsure about new doctor  more... close row
$ 350
Jun 2008
Forks, WA
Cardiology
Cardiologist for congestive heart failure  more... close row
$ 345
Oct 2008
erie, pa
Family Doctor/Lab Tests
Doctor's visits expensive without insurance  more... close row
$ 175
Dec 2007
orlando, florida
family physician
Yearly physical examination  more... close row
$ 15
Mar 2008
Louisville, KY
General Practioner
Copay for a physical  more... close row
$ 90
Mar 2008
Bellingham, WA
Routine Checkup
Walk-in clinic for asthma prescriptions  more... close row
$ 39896
Jan 2008
Pulaski, VA
Orthopedic Surgeon/Fibula repair
Orthopedic surgery for broken leg  more... close row

Description of service

Two days after a snow/ice storm, the weather changed drastically, the temperature rising to almost 60 degrees. My 5 year old son and our 60 lb. put bull puppy were very restless after being stuck inside for days, so we all went for a walk right around dusk. About a block from home, I was walking between two left over snow piles, and slipped on black ice. I heard something pop on the way down, and thought my ankle was broken. My son had to run back up to the house and get my husband to call an ambulance. As it turned out, both the bones in my lower leg (tibia and fibula) were broken. I had surgery to repair the latter. A metal plate and seven screws were put in to hold it together (the tibia repairs itself apparently). I was in the hospital for 5 days. It has been three months, and I am still hobbling around on crutches. The doctor says these are the slowest bones in the body to heal. Just my luck! He says that hopefully in another 2-3 months I will be able to walk. The price quoted above included my surgery and the subsequent doctor visits.


Review of Service

The only bones I had broken prior to this little incident were my finger at age 5, and a rib about 8 years ago. Therefore, I really had no experience in this. I was scared to death! I never knew you could break your leg so badly just by slipping on ice! Initially, the ER doctor told me that he didn't think anything was broken, that my ankle was just 'stretched out really good'. My leg never hurt - only my foot, and there were no obvious deformations. It wasn't even red. When the x-ray technicians lifted my leg to x-ray my ankle, I felt the bone in my leg move, which is the only reason they decided to x-ray it. I thought they would put an Ace bandage on and send me home. Boy was I surprised when the doctor came in a few minutes later and said I would be having surgery in just a few hours! The surgeon was very nice and very good about explaining what had happened, and what was going to happen. He checked on me frequently, and never got impatient, even though my whole family, including my 5 year old, were there asking a million and one questions. When I received the bill, I was floored. I couldn't believe that breaking my leg cost almost twice as much as my car! It has been very difficult, and more annoying than anything. I am very thankful that I had the excellent doctors that I did, and I would have paid more if it was a choice of being able to walk or not.


Tips

I'm not sure of any tips on breaking a bone. Be careful when walking around snow and ice! If, God forbid, something like this does ever happen to you, make sure the surgeon has a good history, and is someone you trust and who will answer your questions. Even if they seem like unimportant questions, ask anyway. It is very scary to have metal and screws put into your bone, believe me. You have the right to ask anything you want - especially at those prices! If the doctor doesn't seem to know the answers, doesn't want to answer them, or gets easily irritated with your inquiries, you may want to consider finding an alternate surgeon. Good luck!


$ 20
Jul 2008
Columbus, OH
Mental Health
GP treating for mental health problems  more... close row
$ 150
Jul 2008
Forks, WA
General Practitioner
Doctor's visit for infected toenail  more... close row
$ 200
Oct 2008
Alexandria, VA
CP in a Clinic
Visiting a GP in a clinic  more... close row
$ 125
Feb 2007
Tampa, Fl.
General Medicine
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Nov 2007
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May 2008
Tampa, Fl
general medicine
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$ 60
Sep 2008
Lehighton, Pennsylvania
Family Medicine
Long wait time for doctor  more... close row
$ 543
Oct 2007
Folkston, Georgia
lab work
Routine labwork completed in the office  more... close row
$ 120
Jul 2008
Tampa, Florida
general
Economical doctor is great  more... close row
$ 85
Jan 2008
Keyser,WV
Internal medicine
Doctor appointment for diabetes  more... close row
$ 150
May 2008
Akron OH
physical
Doctor's visit and lab tests  more... close row
$ 25
Mar 2007
Villa Rica, Georgia
General MD
Doctor's visit for sinus problems  more... close row
$ 65
Mar 2008
Philadelphia, PA
DO
Visit and prescription samples  more... close row