When the doctor doesn't know whats wrong

@madasp (563)
United States
September 6, 2008 9:45am CST
Should we still have to pay full price of the visit? I've had my daughter into two different doctors in the past week and all I got was "Well it could be this or that, and we can try this and that and then come back if it doesn't work". No real answers. For the price we pay for these visits don't we deserve to have them try until they find out for sure whats wrong? I could have called my mother for free and got all the same info I got for paying two co-pays and the gas to get there. sorry just a little ranting, but its very frustrating. so my question is: should we have to pay full price if the problem isn't diagnosed and fixed?
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@insulin (2483)
• Philippines
6 Sep 08
I encounter that problem too because I have skin allergies for almost 9 years now and the doctors still cannot fix it and yeah I still pay for the full price because of the effort and best thing to do but nothing happens at all.;-(
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@BioLogos (75)
• India
6 Sep 08
I'm a doctor. How do you expect a doctor to know everything? And that's the way medical services works. We make informed choices between different available options. If the first line of treatment doesn't work, we try alternatives or second line of treatment. There are many instances when we can be very sure of things. For example, a positive blood test and Ah, you have this disease and the cure is this.over. we also wish every illness is like that. If you want to be so sure from the beginning like for example, the cause of your backache, we can advice you to go for MRI scan. But MRI scan is costly. What if we advice MRI scan to all the patients coming with backache? Fever has more than 100 causes. What if we order 100 tests for a case of fever? There was a guy who always complain of tingling sensation on his feet for years. Not satisfied with the doctors' verdict and treatment, he came to our medical college hospital. After all the expensive tests, his treatment was vitamin B12,the same that any doctor will give without any test. I went to the electronics shop to repair my tape recorder. Just to open and see what's inside, they charge the same....whether the recorder gets repaired (extra charge if any new thing's put)or not (beyond repair)
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@cream97 (29166)
• United States
6 Sep 08
No, they patient should not have to pay full price. But, I do think that they should be referred to another doctor that can tell them exactly what is wrong with them..
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@sunkissed (4332)
• United States
6 Sep 08
Well I know exactly what you are talking about, this has happened to me before several times, then after they could not figure out what was wrong, they finally had too send me to a specialiast. So I was out three co-pays. This does not make any sence to me, it is like they think we are made out of money or something. No, I do not think you should have to pay, full price, but you will, they will keep billing you til you pay, or turn you over to a collection agency.I am wondering what in the world is going on with doctors now days.
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