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dave456
07-06-06, 03:15 PM
Is that the going rate for a consultation? I went to a social phobia Dr and spent $1000 to find out I had ADD & anxiety, not SA. Now I need to go to a ADD specialist who wants $350 for consultation and $175 per refill plus a few hundred more in med costs. Plus I should work with a Psychologist for another $175 per week???!!!!

I didn't want to get my insurance co involved but I may need too.

speedo
07-06-06, 05:53 PM
Your MD can treat ADHD, and it will be a lot cheaper, but you are probably better off in the hands of a specialist when it comes to diagnosis and prescribing meds.
A psycotherapist can also help your work through your anxiety.

Do you have insurance ? Most insurance plans are pretty good about covering these things. If you can aford it, it is well worth it.


Me :D



Is that the going rate for a consultation? I went to a social phobia Dr and spent $1000 to find out I had ADD & anxiety, not SA. Now I need to go to a ADD specialist who wants $350 for consultation and $175 per refill plus a few hundred more in med costs. Plus I should work with a Psychologist for another $175 per week???!!!!

I didn't want to get my insurance co involved but I may need too.

Tara
07-06-06, 09:29 PM
Are you sure that this person is an AD/HD expert? Just because people call themselves specialists doesn't mean they are experts.



Is that the going rate for a consultation? I went to a social phobia Dr and spent $1000 to find out I had ADD & anxiety, not SA. Now I need to go to a ADD specialist who wants $350 for consultation and $175 per refill plus a few hundred more in med costs. Plus I should work with a Psychologist for another $175 per week???!!!!

I didn't want to get my insurance co involved but I may need too.

ladym
07-06-06, 11:25 PM
Well I initially saw a psychologist who's charge was $260 dollars for an evaluation, and $80 for follow ups. His "evaluation" was about 20 minutes long:rolleyes: He turned out to be a quack:p

The next person I went to, was excellent, and he charges $200 for an evaluation, and I had to initially fill out paper work, as did my husband. Then he spent 5 hours with me for the evaluation. Well worth the money. I'm not sure what his follow up charges are, but I can't imagine they are anywhere near that amount.

Those fee's you mentioned seem a bit high, but I'm sure it also varies widely by area.

Bob1951
07-07-06, 06:11 PM
Dave,

Price is a relative thing. A 110K house in Binghamton NY (an hour north) sells for a megabuck in CA. Based on that ratio you and I both got ripped off :D

Bob

susane
07-07-06, 08:23 PM
Wow...that's a lot of money. I go to my family doctor for refills...$20 per refill with a prescription plan. Maybe you can take his diagnosis and go to your regular MD for the prescriptions. I just call mine at the end of 30 days for a new prescription and pick it up at the front desk.

Or, maybe shop around for another specialist and compare cost...that seems really high.

Larry
07-07-06, 09:20 PM
I went to a Psychiatrist in my area (Houston) who is well known for his work with ADHD patients. As I recall, the diagnosis phase was about $150 and followups for Meds are $60. This doctor uses Physicians Assistants for some followups where there have been no material changes. They are quite experienced (more than many Doctors, in my view) and they really keep the costs down. These cost figures are several years old, but I don't believe that they have significantly increased.

I networked to find this Doctor. I was a member of CHADD and some other groups and I talked to people about their Doctor experiences. It seems that there are a wide variety of fee schedules out there, corresponding (I wonder?) to degree of expertice and experience?? I use the VA now and I am happy with my ADHD care. It did, however, take some talking to a number of people to find the best way to access the VA for ADHD. They do not seem to advertise that ADHD is something they cover.

The $$ Numbers you mentioned seem a bit heroic to me. But you can spend $2000 per hour on a Lawyer, if you want to (and still get convicted). ADDForums seems to be a realy good way to cut through the smoke an mirrors. You might seek out someone in your geographical area for references. I would be sensitive to doctors who might have jumped on the ADHD bandwagon. Don't be afraid to ask the Doctor or his assistant about his credentials and experience (including time worked in field). If there is any reluctance to discuss these factors I would move on to another provider.

Larry

spinning_in_tx
11-10-08, 06:45 PM
I went to a Psychiatrist in my area (Houston) who is well known for his work with ADHD patients. As I recall, the diagnosis phase was about $150 and followups for Meds are $60. This doctor uses Physicians Assistants for some followups where there have been no material changes. They are quite experienced (more than many Doctors, in my view) and they really keep the costs down. These cost figures are several years old, but I don't believe that they have significantly increased.
Larry, can you share the name of the Dr. in Houston? I am looking for someone on the north side of town (Conroe/Woodlands/Spring) if possible. Thanks!