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   Posted 1/26/2006 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I have to share this story in this age of doctor gripes.  I had an outstanding bill of $500 with this clinic because I didn't realize my insurance only covered me at 65% there.  It was stressing me out because I already owe like $800 to the hospital from all of my ER visits last year.  The clinic called to set up a payment schedule and I was like, "Woah, I'm a social worker, I am poor, I want to pay this off but I think I can only do $50 a month" and they said they would talk to my doctor to see if that would be okay.  My wonderful PCP, who is leaving private practice, ended up taking $250 off the bill!  I just love her!

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   Posted 1/26/2006 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Great news!  Sarita, I wish I had your doc..... (is she moving my way?)  tongue
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   Posted 1/27/2006 5:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Thats great Sarita... not many people know that some doctors will negotiate with you. I had a 20% coinsurance with a doctor that I used to see and he would bill my insurance company that would pay the 80% and then cut my share in half. It was great. The smart ones know that their patient base is highly dependent on referrals and they have to keep us happy. Unfortunately some of them are just not that way.
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   Posted 1/27/2006 10:31 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey girl, how have you been?  My computer has been down for a while now and I've been working so no chance lately to keep up. 

Too bad your Dr.'s leaving.  What a nice lady!  Being from Canada I can't imagine being charged for dr. visits.  We pay out of our pockets for physio and naturopaths but not M.D.'s.  I'd be broke from this 3 year hell of mine :-)

Take care, Softy

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