Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 11/14/2009 9:35:27 AM (GMT-7)
I don't think that most doctors could handle the schedules that they want us to keep . And you are right, it is difficult to keep all of the information straight and then with some of them, trying to get any information is difficult at best. But I have learned not to leave the office unless I have the answers that I want . Too often they forget what they tell you and if you don't know what they mean by a certain term or aren't sure of the treatments , they tend to get impatient.....ah well. Thankfully, they aren't all like that.
The ortho said that if the MRI shows what he believes it will , he is sending me to a hand surgeon for a consultation and then have him assist in the surgery......that is , if I agree with it.....I know there is only one hand surgeon/reconstruction hand surgeon around me, so the pickings might be a bit slim. I may have to look outside my area if I don't like the one around here.
Thanks for the hugs, I will hold onto them for later this week. Even though I have done the Cardiac Cath thing before, it is still intimidating, just because of the type of test it is.....
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stood
I'm glad that you are getting the crown and that it isn't going to cost you anymore than it has already. It doesn't surprise me that he sent you a bill but I do like the way you handled it, and got him to keep the promise he made to the oral surgeon that it wasn't going to cost you anything. Sometimes I think that doctors/dentists like the devil one think that we won't hold them to their promises. I'm glad that you did.
I had a confrontation with my daughter's orthodontist a few weeks back. He has been charging us an additional 200.00 a month since they have gone there, on top of what our dental insurance has paid him (2,650.00 per child). I called the insurance because after a recent appt. he told my daughters that we would have to now pay for each visit and any additional work that he does on top of what we've already paid him over the last two years, because he said that they had no more visits left. Our insurance pays for all of the ortho visits from start to finish and then the hardware, wires, etc that come with braces. When I told our insurance that he has had us pay an additional 2400.00 per kid over the last two years, on top of what he collected from the insurance, they said that he is breaking his contract with them and that we aren't supposed to be paying him one red cent on top of what he gets from them. t the next visit, I asked him about what he said and he told me that they don't have any visits left that the insurance will pay for, and that we would have to pay for them. So I then informed him that I had spoken to our insurance and what they said about the additional money. Then he tried to claim that he wasn't participating with our insurance when the girls first went to him, so I corrected that for him also since the insurance company was so nice in giving me the date he enrolled as a participating provider....anyway, I told him that he has ripped me off for all of the money he was going to rip me off for and that he is going to finish their ortho work , with no further payments from me. I told him that I will figure out what I want to do about the other money he has collected but that he has some explaining to do with the insurance company. I have filed a complaint with the medical ethics board, since what he is doing is a violation of the agreement that he has with the insurance company. Let him figure out how to fix that. And our insurance is sending out letters reminding other people with it in our area that there is not supposed to be any "deductible" or copays when it comes to our dental insurance. So hopefully someone else won't be ripped off like we were.
Sorry I got sidetracked for a second....I hope that your crown turns out beautifully and that you don't have any more problems, but I don't think you will after all that you have had to go through to get this far.
I will let you guys know how things will turn out once I get through each appt....I may not make our Pack's Cub Scout meeting on Tuesday though and I am a bit disappointed. The boys have been working on a letter to the Heros in their lives and they are supposed to invite them to the Pack meeting and read their letters out loud to them. I think that there will be a lot of happy tears that night and I really don't want to miss it. Maybe I can go in my wheelchair if the doctor won't let me go any other way. Sandi