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I made an appointment with Planned Parenthood to obtain birth control pills. It has a sliding scale. I'm not sure how one works though. I read the article on testing but I just wanted some clarification. They said the most I would have to pay was $170 for the exam and whatever the pills cost.

However, if I don't have any income [just savings] and I don't want to use my parents' insurance, around how much money should I bring with me/expect to pay? $170 seems a bit steep for just the exam portion. Is it possible to use health insurance to pay for it? I'm covered under my parents' [family's] policy, can they find out what I used it for? Or does all this depend on the Planned Parenthood that I go to? [It's in Mesa, AZ, and is the only one nearby that has a sliding scale service].

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You probably should telepone them ahead of time and ask what there specific policy would be for a person in your financial circumstances. Each Planned Parenthood clinic has its own specific policy. It isn't a strict nationwide one.

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I'll also add this: when you use insurance, whatever care or tests you received would appear on an insurance statement. A lot of times the description of the care isn't very exact, but other times it is, based on what is done, and any visits or services you had that you used insurance to cover would at least appear on a statement.

Again, your best bet is to call and ask specific questions directly.

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