Guess when you have doctors running every test and every scan known to modern medicine whether it's necessary or not just to cover their butts from a malpractice suit, they're going to get paid. You can take it to the bank.<quoted text>""" """"" ""of which as many dollars are squeezed from insurance companies as is possible.""" """"" """"" .
That is not how it works. The Insurance companies put the screws to the hospitals and Doctors. None of the Dr or Hospital can just send an insurance company a bill. They first must be enrolled with an insurance company as a provider and the insurance company sets the reimbursement payment. If you do not agree to ALL their prices than you cannot bill them. I've seen IM Meds in office that cost $73.00 and payment be $12.00. I've seen an ointment that cost $7.00 and get paid .04 cents. The insurance companies are as bad if not worst than Medicare and Medicaid as far as payment.
A specialist once admitted to me that doctors do have a "knee jerk reaction" when it comes to over testing and over scanning. It's become an epidemic.
It also seems to take 5 specialists and 2 nurse practitioners to treat one symptom. They either want to spread the accountability around or they all want a piece of the insurance pie.