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I-Team 10: How much does it cost you to go to the doctor?

It's becoming one of the most frustrating things to deal with when you go to the doctor -- trying to figure out how much it's going to cost. More and more people are on high-deductible health care plans where they're on the hook for the first five to 10 thousand dollars every year. And they're told by their employers and insurance companies to be smart, educated health care consumers.

But how can you be a consumer when you have no idea what anything costs and no one will tell you?

The I-Team is finding out why it is so hard.

Dianne Kober flipped through her bills like baseball cards.

"Here's a bill for lab charges from Rochester General."

"Here's the University of Rochester bill."

"Here's the Highland Hospital bill for actually being at Highland Hospital."

Bone Marrow Drive to be held at RIT on January 23rd

Bone Marrow Drive to be held at RIT on January 23rd

Gates Automotive and Christopher’s Challenge, a Webster-based charity which does lifesaving work in the area of bone marrow transplants, are sponsoring a bone marrow drive at the RIT Community Service Center on January 23rd from 12pm-3pm. The drive will be in honor of 6 year old Logan James Parker, who is currently battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The drive is being hosted by Sam Infantino, Marianne’s Consignment and the RIT Community Service Center.

“Each day, thousands of men, women and children with leukemia, aplastic anemia or other fatal blood diseases desperately search the registry for a matching bone marrow donor,” said Kathy Costello, chairperson of Christopher’s Challenge. “The more people we can get to join the registry, the better chance these individuals have of finding a match.”

Flu season could be as bad as 2009

Excellus to hold free Medicare seminars

Individuals who are turning 65 or shopping for Medicare coverage can attend a free Medicare seminar and learn more about their health insurance options.

Go to ExcellusMedicare.com for a list of upcoming seminars. The seminars will detail Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Medicare options including Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement Plans.

Here are some of the Medicare seminars scheduled for the Rochester region:

Thursday, Oct. 18
1:30 p.m. at The Strong National Museum of Play
One Manhattan Square, Rochester

Thursday, Oct. 25
2 p.m. at the Eastside Family YMCA
1835 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, Penfield

Monday, Nov. 5
10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Rochester Airport Marriott Hotel
1890 West Ridge Road, Greece

Monday, Nov 12
1 p.m. at Webster Knights of Columbus
70 Barrett Drive, Webster

Get your flu shot at Wegmans

Some Wegmans stores are offering flu shots this year.

The flu shot is administered in an injectable form and is available to customers 19 and older. The price for a flu shot is $24.99 but it may cost you less based on your co-pay.

Click here for a list of participating stores and hours

Human case of West Nile Virus reported in Monroe County

Monroe County Health officials are warning residents to be on alert after a case of West Nile Virus was reported in the county. 

Monroe County Health Department spokesperson John Ricci says the person who contracted the West Nile Virus is middle aged and contracted the virus two weeks ago, experienced some mild flu-like symptoms and went to the doctor. 

Ricci says this was not a particularly serious case, but advises you to be on guard over the next month or so, using precautions if you are going to be outdoors in the evening when mosquitoes tend to be out. 

West Nile Virus became a concern in this country around 1999. Symptoms can range from nothing at all to flu-like symptoms to very serious symptoms like meningitis. West Nile can even cause death. Richie says less than one percent of mosquitoes carry West Nile Virus. He says there is no need to panic because of this case.

One of News10NBC's Biggest Winners hopes for a bigger prize

One of News10NBC's Biggest Winners hopes for a bigger prize

She won News10NBc’s “Biggest Winners” contest in May and now she's hoping for a prize that's even bigger.

Susan Tierson, a 58 year old from Rochester, is hoping to catch the eye of producers when she goes to a casting call for next season's Biggest Loser TV show. She just started a workout program at Penfield Fitness Club three weeks ago.

Susan was one of four women who won News10NBC’s contest and they'll be going to the Biggest Loser Resort in Wyoming County for free in September. Right now, she's focused on becoming a contestant on the show and possibly winning a quarter of a million dollars

Tierson said, “I'm a huge fan of the Biggest Loser show and I've been trying and trying to get an application in but I've been turned down. I won the resort, the contest with News10NBC and out of the blue I got an email and they gave me an opportunity to come for a casting call this Saturday.”