Medical charges. WOW!

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  1. Whiskey Six

    Whiskey Six Marine 0369 Platinum Member

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    On Feb 4th I went to my Orthoped for a follow up/cortisone shot in my knee. Two minute exam. Lidocane/Kenalog injection. Done. See you in four months.

    Today I got my statement from Anthem BC/BS. They charged $166.00 for "surgery". $81.50 for "medical care". $25.00 for "other medical services". Total $272.50.:wow: For a shot. Luckily I paid only $20.00.

    Wow! Good luck with that medical reform, Obama.:upeyes:
     
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    I think you are beginning to see what's wrong with medical care in this country. AND, that's only the amount that is negotiated to be paid to the doctor. The actual rate they try and bill is often much more. It's really out of control. Malpractice and simple greed are the big factors. Imagine if you didn't have insurance coverage for such things and had to pay for it yourself. You think that sort of inflation would last long? I don't. We need to get back to the way insurance was a couple of decades ago where you have catastrophic coverage but everything else is on your dime.

    Greg
     

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    Give me the CPT codes off the EOB and I'll tell you if they charged you correctly.
     
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    Well, my wife and I, both 70, are on Medicare and our Medicare supplemental insurance is now over $500 a month. That is more than we paid before going on Medicare, but you can't afford not to have the additional protection.

    At some point, medical insurance will cost more than your house or car payment. Not a rosy picture.
     
  5. Gallium

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    medical offices often charge LESS if you have no medical coverage.

    'Drew
     
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    There are no codes. Just a claim number and description of services. Insurance paid $174.06.

    It is crazy what they charge. I am extremely thankful for my insurance coverage. $11.00 a week and $20.00 deductible. I could see paying $100.00 for an office visit and cortisone shot but $272.50. Come on.
     
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    Does that means they are fleecing the insurance companies?
     
  8. Jim in MI

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    Anthem is the one that calls the injection "surgery", not the doc.

    The injection itself was one charge, the office visit was the 2nd, and the 3rd was the cost of the steroid.

    I bet the doc spent more than 2 minutes doing the paperwork Anthem makes him do.

    Anyway, I hope you feel better.
     
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    No sir, you are incorrect.

    Obama said healthcare was going to be Free.

    Why on earth would anyone carry health insurance if the care is going to be free?


    :rofl:
     
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    That is only the billable rate. The actual cost is usually much lower. Doctors agree to PPO discounts with the insurance companies. what you see on the EOB (statement) is not what anyone pays.
     
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    I think you are right.
     
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    They are all cahootin together. One fleeces the other with the end result to screw the patient out of much $$$ for over priced and over prescribed solutions.:whistling:
     
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    I dunno Whiskey... just something I noticed when I was between insurance coverage (I am self insured, paying north of $1500/month for family).

    'Drew
     
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    Not about prices, bur rather than cortizone shots for joints, google 'prolotherapy'. It has about a 90% cure rate for fixing joints.
     
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    Wow, thats outrageous ! Medical and dental health insurance have gone heywire today. Its a bleak outlook.
     
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    took my son to the ER to get some stitches in his thumb. Paid cash, cost for 5 stitches $955.00 should have done it myself with dental floss. :)
     
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    I have been consistiently charged MORE when I didn't have coverage.
     
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    When my infant son was sick he had to be transported by helicopter to another hospital. I don't know how many miles it was but the copter ride was 25 minutes long. The charge just for the ride was $17,753.

    My insurance company tried to deny the payment at first citing a $2,000 limit on transport fees. But after appealing it twice they finnaly paid it in full. Total cost to me was $0. I didn't know if I should be pissed at them for wanting me to pay it, or happy with them that I didn't have to.

    Either way, $17,000+ for a 25 minute chopper ride is ridiculous!
     
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    Did you contest the charges or did you just let it go because you "only had to pay twenty bucks"?
    This is one reason rates are so high. People don't care as long as the "other guy pays".
     
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    Ninety percent... do you provide prolotherapy services or something?