April 2013 Moms

Elective u/s?

I am having issues with my insurance right now...long story short- they won't cover any of my pregnancy/maternity costs...which they had previously told us they would so we have already been going to the doctor and have our appt and a/s scheduled for November. Until it gets straightened out we can pay out of pocket for at least one more routine Dr.'s appt this year but not the a/s. I've heard some people talk about going somewhere where they could get an u/s for like $60 or so?? Could someone tell me more about what that entails??
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Re: Elective u/s?

  • The a/s is a medical test and should be done in a medical facility, not a commercial ultrasound facility.

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  • An elective ultrasound is essentially only to determine the sex and get a few printed ultrasound pictures, while an anatomy scan is a comprehensive ultrasound that involves taking measurements and noting the healthy [or not] development of vital organs.

    I'm so sorry to hear that you're having difficulties with your insurance company! :( 

    Also, prices vary by state. In MN, it's more than $100 for an elective u/s. 

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  • The Elective Ultrasound is pretty much just for fun and to see the baby, we paid 39 for ours. It can't replace the A/S because during the A/S the doctor will look at the baby's heart and organs etc for potential issues. The only thing an elective U/S will do is allow you to see the sex of the baby, most of the websites will even tell you they do not perform diagnosis nor should they be used in replacement of physician's care.

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  • I've never heard of an elective that cheap, but that isn't what you need.  Like PP said, it's just for fun and maybe an earlier peek at sex. The a/s needs to be done by a doctor to make sure baby is growing like they should be and that their aren't any problems.
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  • Have you checked on the cost of the anatomy scan? I paid out of pocket for my first ultrasound (because I have a high deductible plan) and it was only $100 and change. I know the anatomy scan is more involved so will likely cost more but it doesn't hurt to ask.
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  • Oh- I guess a/s isn't what I mean then! Just one to see what the baby is until we can get my ins. straightened out to do our a/s with the doctor.
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