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#1 Old 03-10-2010, 07:47 AM
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I went in for a simple blood test as ordered by my doctor.



The bill arrives, and one of the charges is an "out patient visit".



I went to a clinic for the test, not my doctor's office. He was not present during the test and provided no consulatation.



The charge increased the total bill by 41%.



So, I called the billing office, and they are currently "looking into the charge". Hmm...

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I recently had a 10-minute chat with a nurse practitioner at a local clinic. I have a long history of an ear injury. I was charged an exorbitant fee. The billing office said the fee was based on something in the nurse's notes, about the "complexity" of my condition. It seems I'm being charged for my injury, rather than for the service that was rendered, which was minimal (the nurse looked in my ear once, and we talked briefly. That was all.) This billing office, which is conveniently located 30-miles from the clinic, is also "looking into the charge." I haven't heard from them for a week.

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#3 Old 03-10-2010, 05:52 PM
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This is what makes me absolutely love Medicare (Aussie Public health system), I may be a dirt poor uni student, but I can still afford doctors visits...
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This is what makes me absolutely love Medicare (Aussie Public health system), I may be a dirt poor uni student, but I can still afford doctors visits...



But hasn't your public health system bankrupt your country just like it's going to do in the U.S.? **heavy sarcasm**



I'm an RN and work in a nursing home. Even with what I see, you don't want to get me started. Our health care is a nightmare. I wish for a public health plan so much.
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#5 Old 03-10-2010, 11:02 PM
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To be honest (I'll admit I don't know the full story) I don't get why America doesn't already have one. They seriously think it'll bankrupt the economy? How odd, our economy is so obviously bankrupt LOL. I know having medicare and government rebates is the sole reason my parents were able to place my Grandma in a good nursing home.
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I'm just glad Obama keeps talking about it instead of getting frustrated and shelving the whole thing. I hope we do get some sort of public health care, like Canada or Australia.

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Health care in the U.S. is big and I mean BIG business. Bottom line. Where I work, the building is owned by a corporation that owns a lot of nursing homes. And profit is the bottom line.



I agree, at least Obama is not backing down like Clinton did. Something has to be done. I also wish the whole Nursing home business could be torn down and rebuilt.
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