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One week from today will be Greg’s next transplant clinic appointment. Not to worry, this is just a normal clinic check-up and nothing more. The thing that we are working out right now is what can we get done outside of the transplant clinic.

Why? Well, as it turns out, Greg’s insurance was changed back at the end of last year and now his transplant hospital is no longer covered in-network. As many of you probably already know, dealing with a hospital that is out-of-network can become expensive. Unfortunately, UW-Madison has always been my husband’s transplant clinic and he has done so well that we are not willing to change just to save ourselves some money. So, what do we do? Figure out ways to cut costs of course!

The best way to try to cut medical costs without cutting out needed medical procedures is to find out what can be done at a hospital that is covered in-network. Lucky for us, such a hospital exists about 5 minutes away from us and has been handling all his Cystic Fibrosis care for 17 years now. The only problem is that the hospital’s computer systems are not linked so we can only have the blood tests drawn and nothing more. The local hospital will then send the blood samples to the transplant clinic so they can do all the necessary tests.

Sure, it is still going to be an expensive visit next week but at least there is one thing we can do locally to cut costs. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that there is no need for any additional tests not already on his schedule for that day once he gets there.

After her husband received a double-lung (bilateral) transplant in 2004, Shannon founded the Angel Cove Organ Donation Awareness Shop, which provides awareness t-shirts and gifts products for transplant recipients, living organ donors and donor families - giving 100% of the profits to help heart and lung transplant recipients with medical costs. Shannon lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her wonderful husband and two chocolate Labrador Retrievers.

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