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The head Nurse at my Clinic just went to a Seminar on Buprenorphine which she knows I'm working toward getting on as soon as I've tapered down enough. She told me that the Doctor's who are on the Physician Locator, who have gone for the Certification to do the Treatment are ONLY doing it FOR CASH. They accept NO insurances and each pill is $6.00 and we don't even want to talk about the $350.00 they want for the INITIAL VISIT, let alone subsequent visits that we need at first to make sure we are doing OK. I am APALLED and I don't know WHAT I'm going to do because I NEED to get off of this Methadone if it's the last thing I do. I live in Westchester County, New York so if anyone out there knows of anything different, PLEASE let me know. I feel so bummed out but I will still continue to taper,,,praying for a miracle.
I go to a clinic in uptown Manhattan (Columbia-affiliated, 165th and Broadway), not too far from where you live. I would recommend them to anyone. They are knowledgeable, caring, they accept my insurance, and I don't have to pay anything but $25/month to get my sub script filled.
There are tons of sub doctors listed for NYC and the surrounding areas. Call them all if you have to. Someone will either accept your insurance, or if you don't have any, work out a payment plan with you. Don't lose faith. There is a way to work this out. Money should never stand in the way of your health. Good luck!
I too used to be a slave to the monopolized methahell klinik system. Klinik's are for-profit enterprises. The higher the "client" count the higher the profits.
When I wanted to switch to Suboxone, I spoke with the director of my klinik. I had always respected this person and had a good relationship with him. He told me that all of the Doctors in my area were completely full with patients and there was a slim to none chance of ever finding a Doctor to help me.
At the time, there were 8 doctors listed on the SAMSHA website in my area. I called all of them. 6 of the 8 were willing to take me as a patient! I chose the best of the bunch (I think.) My doctor is a pain management specialist and just treats with Suboxone as an adjunct. He will bill any insurance company and charges me the same rate he charges any other patient for an office visit. I go in once a month. He writes a monthly script which is covered by my insurance company. $25.00 co-pay for the prescription......
Consider the source of the information and make some phone calls on your own.
Freakedout, you are so lucky. There is 1 bup doctor where I live. He isn't on my insurance, in fact I don't think he's on anyones's insurance. $350 for initial visit and $75 to $150 for subsequent visits is way high for me compared to $15 copays to see my regular docs. But the way I have to look at it is, I would have spent that much or more on hydro if I didn't start the sub.
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