By JLP | January 28, 2010
On December 22, I was making dinner. I had placed a heavy knife on the counter. When I went to reach for it, I didn’t grab it correctly and it started to fall. Like an idiot, I tried to catch it and ended up with a pretty deep cut (at least it seemed deep to me) on my thumb.
I decided to head to the minor care center that is a branch of the hospital that is in our network. I had to pay $150 deductible and the doctor who treated me billed separately. Well, I got the bill for the doctor today. The bill, after a “courtesy reduction” was for $776!!!!!!!
My insurance company is claiming the doctor is out of network and therefore won’t pay. I’m working on them to get this changed. I have a feeling that there’s a mix-up somewhere. Unfortunately, I’m getting mixed messages too. One guy told me the coding was wrong and that if I got the doctor to code it differently, the insurance company would make an exception and pay the bill. So, I called the doctor’s billing company and they said that they can’t code it differently. The lady at the billing company then called the insurance company and that’s when a different person told her that I was out of network.
It’s NO WONDER HEALTH CARE IS SO FREAKIN’ EXPENSIVE!
And no, this is not an endorsement for Obamacare.