Not really sure where this fits in, but just wanted to vent about medical bills for a minute. I have a high-deductible plan.
I live in an area with LOTS of endos, so I’ve been fortunate to be able to switch as needed over the past few years. My favorite endo was at a huge medical institution (rhymes with Believeland Cynic), but it was too hard to drive to her and the bills were outrageous. Facility fees, fees to look at my CGM data, fee for endo. I switched to a local endo I found online - he was just ok but his nurses were awful (didn’t know the different pump manufacturers). Ended up back at Believeland Cynic, even though their billing practice is outrageous.
Just got a bill for a recent visit with a different endo within the Cynic (because mine moved and I really didn’t want to drive too far)… same facility, but they added a $180 “Treatment and Observation room” fee. I’m chatting with an online representative about it and they aren’t really helpful. I hate that I have to pay over $300 for this appointment - and the endo wasn’t even remotely helpful! (I think she is a recent grad.) It’s just infuriating.
I will say, all of my supplies and insulin are covered as long as I’m enrolled in my insurance’s Diabetes Management Program (learned the hard way that if I’m not, I’ll have to pay for that stuff). I know I am very fortunate. But I hate that this one big institution can charge whatever they want and people have to pay it.