My doctor that prescribes my Suboxone normally charges $131 every 2 months, but he talked to my counselor and worked it out with them to do my drugs tests/UAs with them since my insurance will pay through my counselor for the UAs so I only have to pay $96 dollars instead, which helped me out alot. He does take medicaid but my medicaid wont pay for him to do my Suboxone treatments, which I dont understand why. My medicaid has a stick up it's butt or something cause they only will pay for me to go to this free/low fee clinic, and this clinic is a horrible place to receive any treatment.
I always wonder too if some of these doctors feel bad for the way they treat patients too. I have seen some doctors who all they care about
is themselves, they have no bed side manners at all. I always felt that becoming doctor is because they care about
people, but I feel some of these doctors maybe come from a family of doctors and felt force to be one, even though they could care less about
the patients. And even going to a free/lowfee clinic is sometimes not worth it (atleast the one I go to isnt), cause the doctors are terrible, they've always treated me bad, no matter what doctor I saw there. So I choose to sometimes pay out of pocket to see a better doctor, one that really cares about
my health, it's usually worth the money.
26 years old, single mother of 2 children, 7 year old girl and 9 year old boy
DX-Lower back pain, Arthiritis, Migraines, Raynald's Phenomenon, Depression, Anxiety/Panic Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Pancreatic Divisum, Chronic Pancreatitas, Fibromyalgia
Meds- Suboxone 16-24mg daily, Cymbalta 60mg, 100mg Lyrica, Ventolin Albuterol Inhaler, Advair, Imitrex 100mg, Ibprofen 800mg, Phenergan 25mg, Hydroxizine 25mg, Biofreeze
Surgeries- Gallbladder removed 1998, Stent in Pancreas 2003, marsupilized bartholin gland cyst, countless upper GI scopes and ERCPs
Pets- 3 degus named Pricilla, Aster, and Shorty, one female rat named Sassy, one male rat named Squeeky who's brother died on 4/18/09 and was replaced by a baby female Guinea pig name Rosalina, a baby black emperor scorpian, and a corn snake named Precious
"Never go to a doctor's office whose plants has died."
Posted 5/7/2009 7:00 PM (GMT -7)
I wish I knew what to say to help you, I
hope you don't mind me sending you soft hugz
* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc, Fibromyalgia, Gerd,
Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's and Ocular Migraines
Posted 5/7/2009 10:39 PM (GMT -7)
A soft hug always helps. I know I am in a difficult situation, but I am concentrating on taking care of myself. I will find that doctor someday who will take care of me the way I should. Thanks all you guys Have a wonderful weekend. cshelp
Posted 5/8/2009 2:33 AM (GMT -7)
I have read your posts and I have to tell you that I feel very sorry for what you have been through. If I were you I would confront the doctor on the money issue. Someone said that they don't like to take care of the money issue, that they hire others to do that job. Boy that is right, so I would have him face that which makes him feel uncomfortable. And if he says to your face that it's money first or hit the road, so to speak, then you know you need a new doctor. Often though, I have found that when confronted with this issue, the doctor will make an exception and tell the office manager to lay off of you for a while. It's worth a try.
At any rate, I have prayed for you and hope that things work out for you. These are troubling times and I'm glad that we all stick together in this forum. It sure does help, doesn't it?? Let us know how things are going. We care.
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Posted 5/8/2009 2:49 AM (GMT -7)
I have asked myself the very same question. Last year my PCP got sick and ended up in the hospital for sometime and his patients were just left hanging for a few momths. He eventually hired a part-time pain Doc to come in and see his PM patients so they could get their meds. He wasnt able to come back to fulltime status and even though he certainly is old enough to retire he didnt want to leave his patients with other course but to find another Doc knowing how hard that would be for us. 90 percent of his practice is medicaid/medicare.
The new fill in Doc would not take either of those and no insurance of anykind since he had already retired and didnt know how long he was going to stay out of retirement. that left us the patients having to pay $120 a month for a visit to get our meds,he would not do refills either no matter what your on.
That is alot of money to someone drawing less then $900 on SSD. I have paid it since July of last year and in the office this month the receptionist told me to ask for a itemized statement and medicare would refund 80% to me. I was enraged. How come no one told us we could have been doing this all along? I have had to do without alot just to be able to get my meds each month and pay for that visit.
I did as she asked and talked to medicare and they will reimburse me. That will be a good chunk of change coming back to me and I sure can use it. Still makes me mad and I cant figure out how they sleep without remorse as many folks I am sure lost their PM for the inability to pay that $120.
You can talk to the Doc but it doesnt mean you will get past the front desk on your next visit without the money in hand. I suppose if they make adjustments for one they would have to make it for all so the out front folks dont usually allow the Doc to do that.
Sorry you have had to go thru this but I until the laws change regarding how they charge and how much if that's possible there will remain those who get better care based on ability to pay or not.
Posted 5/8/2009 11:41 AM (GMT -7)
Unfortunately much of this is controlled by the insurance companies. Angel, one reason the fill in doctor probably did not accept those insurances is that you have to get credentialed (a highly specialized, paperwork intensive and time-delayed process - I've been there) by each separate insurance company before you are considered an approved provider. You have to get a Medicare PIN number from the government and if you saw the application you'd know why he didn't want to do that as a retired physician. Plus, they may not have approved him. The application for Medicare is about 30 pages long. Medicaid is different but as much of a pain. And each private insurance is different. And they may not approve a retired physician.
That being said, it should have been made easier for you from the get go to submit for reimbursement, but don't be surprised if you don't get the full $120 back. That's the problem; insurance companies set the rates and the provider, hospital, etc. has to accept it. It's a take it or leave it situation. I know that firsthand. I wish it was easier, but it's not. So it's not laws that need to change so much as the power of insurance companies. And they are a powerful lobby, to be sure.
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