Can I get assistance for a colonoscopy if I have diverticulitis?

This question was asked in Lompoc, California on 01/30/2012.
My Doctor would like me to have a colonoscopy. I have blood in my stool and was diagnosed with diverticulitis this past December. I have no Medical Insurance and $1,500.00 for the colonoscopy is a financial hardship. Do you know of any foundation or groups that help with medical expenses? Thank you any and all info I may get.

Doctors Answers (2)

David Myles Nolan
Answered on: 2/1/2012 9

Blood in the stool is always a worrisome symptom. Unfortunately, I dont know of any charitable organizations specifically for colonoscopy. County health facilities and clinics may have resources that can be utilized for this.

Harsha Vittal, M.D.
Answered on: 2/1/2012 8

I am not aware of any way to get assistance to pay for your procedure. You may want to try the county hospital in your area. Otherwise, you can try to negotiated a lower price with your gastroenterologist.