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Unexpected medical bill

Discussion in 'Medical Bills, Debt' started by surprisesudden, May 12, 2017.

  1. surprisesudden

    surprisesudden Law Topic Starter Guest

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    I went to a pulmonary doctor to consult for possible sleep apnea. i paid the insurance copay for the visit

    the doctor referred me to a sleep clinic to get a sleep test, and after that i paid the sleep clinic for the test

    today i received an unexpected bill from the pulmonary doctor for a significant sum of money for the sleep test

    apparently this was a cost for him to look at the sleep test results and have his assistant call me but i was not warned about this cost in advance.

    aren't medical providers required to disclose which services i will have to pay for before they provide them? in other words shouldn't i have been told that their would be a cost for the doctor to review the test results which would be beyond the cost i paid for the initial visit?
     
  2. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    The burden is on the patient to ask about costs at every stage of the process.
     
  3. txls

    txls Well-Known Member

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    You should check to make sure the additional charges were submitted to insurance. It could be something that was applied to your annual deductible, but it doesn't sound like something that would be. And no, they are not obligated to tell you what something will cost. Usually they will but there is nothing that says they have to.
     
  4. cynthiag

    cynthiag Active Member

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    In my experience, it's pretty standard for there to be an additional bill from the doctor for reading & interpreting test results. There have been several times when I've gotten a bill from a doctor who didn't even see me, because he was the one who read a test result.

    Yes, it seems like maybe they should warn you about things like that, but the reality is that they are not obligated to.
     

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