There are other doctors in the area who have a difficult time billing patients correctly. One doctor who has been mentioned here billed me as a "new" patient even though I have been visiting his office for my entire life. Of course the know it all in the billing department says that is how every doctor bills, so it must be ok. Not quite every doctor as I have found out. Regardless, I have been disputing the bill for several months now with no resolution to the problem. I have asked to speak directly to the doctor, since he is the owner of the business that will be losing a lifelong patient, but no call back from him. All I have asked for is to be billed correctly and I will submit full payment, or to speak with the doctor and I will submit full payment, but since I have been refused on both accounts, my only recourse is to send in minimum payments until resolution, or until I get to the amount I feel is fair. I should mention that we are only talking about a minor difference in amount, but it is not the amount that is important, but rather the fact that this doctor is raping probably every one of his patient's out of money.
I think I know why you bill maybe higher.. I have a friend who goes to the same doctor so does her husband.. he is retired and has Medicare... She is younger than him and lost her insurance when he retired. She had been a life long patient there... She had a respitory infection.. She called to make an appointment and pay cash.. They told her since she had not been there within a year, she had to be billed as a new patient and it was like a 180 bucks he wanted..
Needless to say she went to pet smart and bought fish amoxicillian and treated herself.. They were struggling.. her husband has serious medical problems and she goes to every appointment with him.. She was so pissed.. they are going to a different doctor.. now that I think about it.. it may have been six months.. It was absurd I know that! The walk in Urgent care is less expensive, they start a self pay visit for something simple like writing a script for an infection and it a hundred bucks self pay..
I was fortunate, when United Health Care raised my rates to 1600 a month and I had to choose.. rood over head or health insurance.. I picked roof over my head.. but I am fortunate.. My doctors office in Tampa continued to see me for $45.00 and for almost four years I scratched and ordered meds from Canada and bugged everyone I knew for samples.. When I started having a kidney problem.. I knew a Nephrologist who is also a psychiatrist and he saw me for fifty bucks... you have to pay something or their malpractice won't cover..
But when I was finally able to find a plan (Obamacare) and had insurance again.. my doctors office charges $100 for a routine visit... So.. I was a very nice thing they saw me all that time and only charged me 45 dollars..
now in Tampa.. We have the Minute Clinics and Walgreens has a clinic and for 45 bucks you can be seen.. that is for people who need an antibiotic or a school physical..
I am thinking what happened to me losing my insurance and all.. if I were in this town I would not have made it.. I would have lost my home or died... Which seems strange because you would think Monroe would be lower cost than Tampa..
Now Tiny has me worried about all the copays I will have from all that work I had today.. another odd thing.. most places know their charges and can figure out my co pay... they could not.. they said I would get a bill... joy joy!!
Since it is on my mind.. I should start another thread.. but Saturday, November 5th.. from 8am till noon.. there is a free health care fair at St. Josephs in the east end.. It is being put on by some Indian Charity Group of Toledo and they will have Primary Care to Psychiatrists.. about every specialty there is.. lab draws.. basic health screening and specialist on hand to consult with and it is for people who are uninsured..
People who don't have insurance really need to take advantage of this Charitable Opportunity.. the more people that come, the more likely they will come back again.. So spread the word to get a check up.. if they do find something.. they are more likely to continue or help you get treated..
We have the Judao Christian society that has a free clinic for indigent.. and our county health department will give meds like tamiflu, antibiotics.. special expensive antibiotics that treats stuff llike Mearsa.. because of all the homeless and indigents.. Its better to give them the meds or they will be a public health risk...