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How to Schedule a Colonoscopy

Prior to your colonoscopy, you must be seen by a gastroenterologist who will:

  • Perform a physical exam
  • Review your medical history
  • Explain how to prepare for your procedure
  • Schedule your colonoscopy

Colonoscopies are covered by all insurers; however, coverage varies based on your individual plan. Always check with your insurance provider to confirm your specific benefits.

HMO Members

See your primary care physician (PCP) for a referral to a gastroenterologist. If you need a PCP, visit www.virginiahospitalcenter.com, click on “Find A Doctor” and select Primary CareFamily Practice or Internal Medicine from the Select Specialty drop-down box. Our Primary Care practices are currently accepting new patients.

PPO Members

You can either schedule an appointment directly with a gastroenterologist without a referral or ask your PCP for a recommendation.


You may schedule an appointment directly with a gastroenterologist. If you’re covered under a Medicare Advantage Plan, you will need to select a gastroenterologist from your plan’s network.


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