Eye doctor bill has arrived...Originally it was $25.00, now they want $58.00...

@Feona1962 (7527)
United States
August 30, 2007 6:30pm CST
Update on previous post about my eye doctor and charges...I had an eye appointment in June, at the end of the appointment the doctor said my bill was $25. When I first called for the appt. I told them I didn't have any cash and my insurance didn't cover it. She said it would be covered under medical..I am like, okay...I got there, gave her my information. When I was done my Doctor said that will be $25. The receptionist said, "I have all her insurance information." I didn't pay right then. The $25 wasn't a partial pay. Because on my chart it doesn't say that I had insurance..She had just got that information just before my appointment... I just got the bill and they want $57.94. Why am I paying more just because they sent it to insurance when all I would have paid was $25 to begin with? If I would have known it was going to be $25 I would have borrowed it from my daughter.... This doesn't sound right....I think this could be fraud...
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@Calais (10900)
• Australia
30 Aug 07
Oh my goodness, something is definantly not right...I would ring and ask why they are charging this amount and that you are not going to pay for it...
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
31 Aug 07
That is what I am going to do tomorrow. It isn't right and I am not going to pay it. Supposedly they did get $14 from my insurance.
@Calais (10900)
• Australia
31 Aug 07
Yeah you tell them, thats just not right..
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• United States
30 Aug 07
I think that it may be due to the fact that the receptionist thought that it would be covered under medical and that you would have to pay the $25 for the office visit. When the insurance didn't cover it, the office charged you what their normal fee would have been.
@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
31 Aug 07
No, because I paid up front for my very first appointment. It was the whole bill. The doctor was the one that came out and told me what the bill was, he had no idea that I had given her insurance information..They got $14 from the insurance..I will call tomorrow and ask them why...
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• United States
31 Aug 07
Sounds fishy to me!
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@dimaks (786)
• Japan
31 Aug 07
you should have been pre-informed of what they were planning to do with your bill. that sucks! you were not informed beforehand and then you they ask you to pay more than what were aware of? complain the soonest possible.
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
31 Aug 07
It would have been nice if they would have told me. I am going to call in the morning to find out why. They only charged me $25 but charged my insurance $68. My insurance paid them $14..Thank you.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
31 Aug 07
am so sorry to hear this and yes I would think fraud but did you have it in writting? If not and you didnt pay when you w2ent I bet ya have to pay that extra money that is on the bill now. I would have made sure they had givin me a receipe telling me how much it was to begin with good luck!
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
31 Aug 07
You are probably right Lakota. If I do have to pay I won't be happy but I will tell them I will be seeking another eye doctor..
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
31 Aug 07
Thats for SURE!
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@vokey9472 (1488)
• United States
31 Aug 07
I know how you feel. If I go see my doctor as a walk in and do not use my insurance, it is $60 for the visit regardless of what she may do. If she bills my insurance, the billing office bills for every little thing, even taking my temp. The last time I used my insurance, they billed the insurance company $439.45. My insurance paid $289.75. Then I got a bill from my doctor for the other $149.70. I raised holy h3ll with my doctor's billing office. I ended up having to pay the $150. It isn't fraud as I was told by the billing office and my insurance company. Apparently my doctor waives the itemized fees for those patients without insurance and charges a flat fee for the office visit. Apparently it is a very common practice and this may be what your eye doctor did. Just be happy that your medical insurance paid for any part of it, my medical will not cover anything to do with vision, that is a whole another insurance.
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