On Beyond Cancer

My life with metastatic breast cancer

Public service announcement July 25, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — onbeyondcancer @ 12:41 pm

Hi there.  I am just a little tired today, but feeling pretty good.  Cheryl and I had lots of fun yesterday at chemo.  We’ll just pretend we were hanging out at Starbucks.  It was nice to go in the afternoon because it was much less crowded.  Usually when you bring someone with you they have to sit in a folding chair, but yesterday there were plenty of the chemo recliners available.   I made a nice comfort food dinner last night – pastina and pea soup with fresh French bread.  The kids gobbled it up too.  I did go to bed a little early.

As for my public service announcement, I wanted to let you know that in the past few weeks I have received medical bills in the mail for almost $2000.  The bills came from two different hospitals and a dentists office.  We have very good insurance and all three of the providers were in network.  Two of them had already received payments from the insurance company, but tried to bill me for the remainder.  This is illegal.  In both cases the insurance company had to send them a letter telling them that they were not allowed to bill me.  As part of their contract they have negotiated rates and have agreed to accept a certain amount.  The dentist’s office had not yet received payment from the insurance company, but in addition to resubmitting the bill to them, they sent it to me.  I obviously have a lot of medical treatments, but in the past I’ve rarely had this experience.  So if you get a bill like this DO NOT pay it.  Call the provider’s financial services department and the insurance company and let them work it out.  Beware of providers who try to claim that you owe money for a copay, coinsurance, or deductible.  Always check with the insurance company before paying a bill like this.


3 Responses to “Public service announcement”

  1. Clarke, Wilford E Says:

    Interesting, thank you…..

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  2. sandy Says:

    Glad you mentioned this scam. The providers know from their contract w. the insurance that they are supposed to accept the provider’s amount and thats it. About 10 years ago, 2 days before my wisdom tooth surgery the surgeon informed me that I would owe 600 because the insurance didnt cover the amount. I was up in arms as they assumed I had the payment. When I contacted the ins. co. they informed me they were not allowed to do that and that is what the providers agree. I informed the doctor and never went back to him again. About 5 years later, under the same dental insurance I finally had my surgery and paid only 250- How about that!

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