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i am trying to find out what kind of doctor to call to get scheduled for a colonoscipy that my insurance will cover?

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Dr. M. Jay Petruska
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Colonoscopy: A gastroenterologist will perform a screening colonoscopy for appropriate patients. Discuss with your primary care physician to get a referral. Most insurance plans cover a screening colonoscopy.
Dr. Timothy Byrnes
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Call: Call your insurance company and ask for a list of participating GI docs (gastroenterologists).
Dr. Kristi Kohl
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Call insurance: Colonoscopies are done by gastroenterologists, surgeons, internal medicine physicians, and family practice physicians. Quality indicators are adenoma detection rate and withdrawal time. Your primary care doctor should be able to recommend a good doctor that does colonoscopies. You will then need to call your insurance company to make sure that doctor is covered by your company.

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