Colonoscopy, commonly known as endoscopy, is the procedure using a flexible tube with a light and camera at the end, to enter the colon through the anus to examine the intestinal condition. During the examination, other treatments such as hemostasis, removal of polyps, hemorrhoid ligation and extraction of tissue for pathological tests may also be performed.
If you suffered from any of the following symptoms for a long time, you should seek medical help and get a colonoscopy as referred or recommended:
In addition, people aged 50 or older and those at high risk (immediate family members with colorectal cancer) should also undergo regular screening. It is important to note that regular examinations performed without a practitioner’s referral may not be eligible for coverage (See Sources 2, 3 for more information).
How much does a colonoscopy cost in general? Bowtie has compared the costs of different private hospitals and colonoscopy centers, ranging from HK$8,000 to over HK$20,000. It is worth noting that if other treatments or other specialists are required during the examination, the costs will be adjusted accordingly.
The cost of the colonoscopy depends upon the exact procedure(s) that are done in the surgery, such as tissue extraction or removal of polyps. If your health insurance can cover the full amount, it will indeed reduce the financial burden. Bowtie VHIS covers both inpatient or outpatient procedures. To avoid spending too much at once, customers may schedule a colonoscopy through our medical network and use BowtieCash to make up the difference.
BowtieCash# is a reward program created by Bowtie for Bowtie VHIS Policyholder to pay for eligible medical costs that exceed the policyholder’s insurance plan coverage.
#Promotion subjects to the terms of the BowtieCash.
We have designed 1 case with the price of endoscopy of The Grand HD Endoscopy Centre, and the $2,000 BowtieCash in the policy as a reference to explain how a Bowtie insured can make a full claim to the cost of the examination.
Ms. Lee underwent endoscopy at The Grand HD Endoscopy Centre (Mongkok). During the examination, 3 polyps were found (the cost of 1 – 3 polyps is the same), which required removal surgery and involved pathology analysis.
To avoid bleeding after polyps removal, the doctor used additional medical tools such as Snare and Biopsy Forceps to perform the surgery resulting in a charge of HK$2700^. However, Bowtie VHIS plans consider this as “miscellaneous” and can fully reimburse this additional cost. Together with BowtieCash, Ms. Lee was fully reimbursed.
|Item||Price||The benefits provided by Bowtie VHIS Standard Plan||The benefits provided by Bowtie VHIS Flexi Regular Plan|
|Operating room charge||HK$1,800^||HK$1,750||HK$1,750|
|Pathological analysis||HK$1,890^||HK$2,700 (taken as “miscellaneous” for reimbursement)||HK$2,700 (taken as “miscellaneous” for reimbursement)|
|Additional coverage||/||No additional coverage for this plan||HK$216|