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Mirena payment plan

Has anyone had experience with Bayer’s payment plan for Mirena as described here on their website?

I went to Planned Parenthood a couple weeks ago and asked the doctor about getting the Mirena, which she was on board for. But when I asked her about the payment plan she looked at me like I was crazy – said she’d never heard of that and that they don’t offer any kinds of payment plans, and that they would never insert an IUD I’d brought in myself. I even brought the printout from the Bayer website about the payment plans and she wouldn’t even look at it.

She also said that the total cost for the Mirena and insertion would be $1,200, which seems really high. I'd have to pay the insertion cost out-of-pocket.

I called Bayer to get information, they said my doctor would fax them the Rx and then I would call and order the IUD and set up a payment plan with them, and they would send the IUD to the doctor’s office. I’ll have to call PP back and give them that info and see if they will go for it. If not (and I have a sinking feeling she’ll refuse, considering how unhelpful she was the first time), it’s back to the drawing board.

So now, on top of trying to find a doctor who will give me the Mirena since I’ve never been pregnant, I also have to find one that knows about this payment plan OR one that will set me up with a payment plan through their office… Sigh…


So my PP doc just called me… actually she first called to tell me my Pap was abnormal (EEEEEK!) which got me kind of freaked. But then she called back to say that she had the wrong information, and that actually my Pap was normal. But since I had her on the phone, I went ahead and explained how the payment plan worked. She still wasn’t familiar with it, but seemed much more OK with it and said she’d call Bayer’s pharmacy and check it all out.

But it’s looking like I’m going to get my Mirena!



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May. 19th, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
Where are you? Maybe people can suggest doctors in your area?
May. 19th, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC)
I'm in Phoenix, AZ.

Dr. Laurel Kubby was recommended, and I called her office already. She sounds great from what I've read, but she's booked and can't accept new patients until September. I was hoping to get my IUD within the next couple months -- I'm getting married the first week of Sept.

If I can't find anyone who will help me, I'll probably just go ahead and book an appointment with her for later in the fall.
May. 19th, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
Honestly, that sounds very little different from how the program that paid for my Mirena works. I went to the clinic, they gave me the application form for the program, I got a letter from the program saying I was accepted, and they sent the Mirena to the doctor's office *with my name on the package* so they knew it was for me and no-one else. (If I had decided not to have it after all, the clinic would have saved it for the next person that program sponsored, rather than shuttle it back and forth, but it was not part of their regular stock and didn't arrive through their regular ordering.) I don't see why it would be a problem for them to accept the package, set it aside for you, and schedule your appointment when it comes in, which is all they really have to do!
May. 19th, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
$1200???? That pretty much kills the cost effectiveness of getting an IUD in the first place, doesn't it? I'd check out other clinics, that's absolutely ridiculous.
May. 19th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)
I know! According to the price list they gave me, the Mirena itself is $975, when on the Bayer website they have it listed as $850. I don't know what that's about.
May. 20th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
I just looked it up on the Mirena website and I had no idea how expensive they were! It lists the IUD alone as $843.60, I paid under $400 for my Paragard (4 years ago), and I just assumed that the Mirena was around the same price. Clearly I was wrong.
May. 20th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
Yeah, the Mirena is more expensive, and I knew that, but I guess my PP marks them up on top of that? Which really sucks.
May. 20th, 2011 01:45 am (UTC)
Maybe it includes insertion? That's around what I was quoted a year ago at an Oregon PP for my entire insertion. Of course, that total was before my "poor, uninsured person" discount.
May. 20th, 2011 01:47 am (UTC)
Ah, it does--my reading comprehension fails today.

Office visits are fucking expensive, even for routine things. Ye Local Health University runs ~$200 for a visit due to possible strep, and that's before the strep test. The prices are usually marked higher if they're billing your insurance.
May. 20th, 2011 01:47 am (UTC)
That does include insertion, but according to their price sheet, the device itself is $975 when it's listed as $843 on the Mirena website.
May. 20th, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
There is a legality issue with you "bring your own" IUD which is why it has to be shipped to the doctors office directly.
May. 20th, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
Is this issue of bringing in your own IUD only in the States? Or in Canada too? I have to go the pharmacy to pick mine up after I drop off my RX. And the doctor looked at me like I was an idiot for thinking that they would keep IUDs in the office. I would have thought they would arrive in special packaging or something. The fact that cost and procedure for procuring the IUD varies so much just shows that it's all red-tape instead of what's best/healthiest for women...
May. 20th, 2011 01:40 am (UTC)
Right, and I get that. Under the payment plan they would ship it directly to the office, but I would order it and pay for it myself.
May. 20th, 2011 01:43 am (UTC)
I'd ask another PP doc about it. Doctors vary, even within a clinic.

Also: You're not bringing in the IUD yourself, it's being sent to the clinic on your behalf. Stressing this may help your case!

Good luck!
May. 20th, 2011 01:56 am (UTC)
I actually brought the IUD with me to Planned Parenthood. it had been shipped to a different clinic orginially, but I took the device (still in the sealed package) and my records and went to Planned Parenthood after clinic #1 proved sort of untrustworthy on a number of levels... PP had no problem with this arrangement; didn't blink an eye.

As long as you don't open the plastic packaging and it does not look damaged, I see no reason why that should be an issue. Less careful people than yourself handled the box before you, after all.

I bought the Paragard in a single payment of $500 from the manufacturer, but I do know they offer payment plans. I'm looking now to see if there is a comparable plan for Mirena...
May. 20th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
Maybe try the county health department. I didn't get any shit from them about being nulliparous and they gave me my follow up visit for free because I was their only paying customer. lol. My insurance at that time wouldn't cover birth control and they charged me $1050 for insertion and the Mirena IUD.
May. 20th, 2011 04:11 am (UTC)
My doctor was probably a little more accommodating since she only deals with college students, but I ordered mine from northwestpharmacy.com and she faxed in the RX... I guess there's questionable legality of ordering stuff from Canada, but meh, it saved me $400. It has bumped up to $270 now (I bought mine at $200), but still about 1/3 of the price they're telling you. Ask if you could order it from another place.

Also, the box was in Turkish, but my doctor was like "Hmm... interesting... well, looks good!" and went ahead and inserted it.

Again, no problem being NP as she probably 95% of the women she deals with probably have't had children.
May. 20th, 2011 04:12 am (UTC)
Oh! Maybe a local university clinic would be willing to do it for you. My university does a bunch of stuff for non-students as well for a feel, but they're usually reasonable. This could be different than most of them though as my university is such a large one, and a major research university at that...
May. 20th, 2011 06:15 am (UTC)
Umm... for a fee, not for a feel... :o
May. 20th, 2011 05:54 am (UTC)
Um, when I was doing my pre-iud research, the planned parenthood website mentioned an estimated $500 for insertion. I don't have insurance (didn't then, either), called a doctor's office (no regular doc, I pulled an ob/gyn out of the phone book -places that friends liked weren't accepting new patients and recommended it, too), told them I wanted an IUD as I was getting married soon. They quoted me a price of $550 for the visit. Come time to pay after insertion, they said it was more according to their price chart, but only charged me the quoted price. Long story short - sans insurance I paid $550 in 2007 for mirena and insertion. The doc thought it was great I was waiting until marriage (nulliparous virgin @ insertion, no issues with the doc). I'm finding the high prices and doctor issues baffling. My doc had the mirena waiting for me; I just showed up with a check.
May. 20th, 2011 09:49 am (UTC)
As much as it has its downfalls THANK GOD for the NHS! I pay my national insurance out of my wages(about 200 pounds total for NI and tax from 1200 a month) and can have any treatment I need. There is usually a 7 pound perscription fee for drugs but this does not apply to contraception.

I had a initial consultation, councelling visit, insertion (and the Mirena) and a follow up for absolutely nothing. I may take the family planning clinic some chocolates to relieve my guilt. Good luck in finding you answer and becoming a diva!
May. 21st, 2011 06:02 am (UTC)
Same thing happened to me with PP. I want a Paragard. They told me it'd be around 900 dollars. Basically, they offered me no help. Didn't want to hear of the patient assistance program.....whatever!!!......I researched and went to the local county health clinic and they aren't charging me a DIME! When I called, a lady told me the MOST I would pay for tests, consultation, and insertion would be $130...but it was no charge. You should look into your county health department. I am getting mine on the 31st....EXCITED!!!
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