Missy, that is maddening. You may have gotten a rude receptionist. Does your doctor's nurse have an extention number you could dial in and get her? Mine does so if I want something special from my doctor I can reach him through his nurse. That's the only thing I can think of doing.
Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, back problems, hypothyroidism.
Hi Missy...I don't have any insurance so I know how hard it is to come up with that kind of money whenever there is a necessary appointment. My Rheumy doesn't even take credit/debit cards so it has to be cash or a check. But I had something similar happen when I had a root canal last year. I showed up at this giant megaplex with the fountains, rock gardens and a 52" tv on the wall. After filling out about five sheets of paperwork, the receptionist says to me, "Before you go into a room, we will need $1500." This is before the endodontist has even seen the tooth or taken an x-ray, as I was refered by my regular dentist. I go to get my purse to pay, and before I could get my credit card, a dental assistant called me into a room. This receptionist actually came into the room where I was all prepped and ready to be x-rayed and made me get up, go back out to the waiting room and pay. Very rudely she says "I told you, no treatment before paying." Like I was going to get all shot up with novacaine, sit through that painful nightmare for an hour then slither out of the door on my belly when I was done.
Your so called receptionist and mine are probably related.
I hope this isn't too political for the forum, but I don't have health insurance and even I am against socialized medicine in this country. We have two friends, a gyno and an orthopedist that are already in the process of leaving their practice and going into research. If the govenment tells you how much you are going to earn no matter how many patients you see a day...what are you going to do...see three or fifty? Hense a year long waiting list. I have mentioned this before in a post...I live one hour from the Canadian border and the hospital and doctors offices parking lots are filled with Ontario license plates.
My aunt fell in front of a restaurant in Kingston Ontario and broke her ankle. It was on a Sunday, and the ER had no radiologist until 'Tuesday'. She had to drive to Watertown to have it x-rayed and treated.
As maddening as the medical system in this country can be, I will take if over socialized medicine any day. Do you honestly think the government will label Fibro as a disorder that needs immediate attention? NOT!
That's just my two cents.