Bill shock from Primary Care.

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inquiring mind

Fredonia, KY

#1 Nov 21, 2011
I'm sure I am not the only one that has gotten shocked over their bill from Primary Care. I didn"t realize their office call had gone from $60. to $175. Called to ask why and was given so lame excuse of why it was that much. Was told it depended on why you were there. Well it was just an office visit, nothing more. I guess we have to pay for their building, or has medical care gotten completely out of hand??? Can't afford to get sick. I guess its either pay for the visit or get medicine over the counter. What's everyone think????
Stupid

Murray, KY

#2 Nov 21, 2011
Wht don't you just go to the free clinic in Madisonville.
nolead

Kansasville, WI

#3 Nov 21, 2011
inquiring mind wrote:
I'm sure I am not the only one that has gotten shocked over their bill from Primary Care. I didn"t realize their office call had gone from $60. to $175. Called to ask why and was given so lame excuse of why it was that much. Was told it depended on why you were there. Well it was just an office visit, nothing more. I guess we have to pay for their building, or has medical care gotten completely out of hand??? Can't afford to get sick. I guess its either pay for the visit or get medicine over the counter. What's everyone think????
Are you an established patient? It's more if not. Was just there it was 85$
Happy wife

Washington, DC

#4 Nov 21, 2011
The office visit is 66 dollars.. Just left!
!!!!

Bowie, MD

#5 Nov 21, 2011
It should be the same price
Anonymous Keyboard Tapper

Cunningham, KY

#6 Nov 21, 2011
[QUOTE who="!!!!"]It should be the same price[/QUOTE] How dare you try and regulate the health care industry! That's socialism! It fails everywhere its tried. You know there is a place where everybody pays the same price: Canada! I heard from my uncle that a fellow he knows is a Canadian and was having a heart attack and they said they couldn't schedule him in for six months!

Millions of Canadians are crossing our borders so they can get timely treatment from one of our fine American doctors and even lousy ones because our doctors are better than their doctors because they are motivated by capitalism instead of sucking on the taxpayer's tit like a leech like Canadian doctors.

Or so some people say.
milo

United States

#7 Nov 21, 2011
Anonymous Keyboard Tapper wrote:
[QUOTE who="!!!!"]It should be the same price"

How dare you try and regulate the health care industry! That's socialism! It fails everywhere its tried. You know there is a place where everybody pays the same price: Canada! I heard from my uncle that a fellow he knows is a Canadian and was having a heart attack and they said they couldn't schedule him in for six months!

Millions of Canadians are crossing our borders so they can get timely treatment from one of our fine American doctors and even lousy ones because our doctors are better than their doctors because they are motivated by capitalism instead of sucking on the taxpayer's tit like a leech like Canadian doctors.

Or so some people say.
Ha! I heard just the opposite. US citizens go there for medical care all the time.

Since: Apr 11

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#8 Nov 21, 2011
inquiring mind wrote:
I'm sure I am not the only one that has gotten shocked over their bill from Primary Care. I didn"t realize their office call had gone from $60. to $175. Called to ask why and was given so lame excuse of why it was that much. Was told it depended on why you were there. Well it was just an office visit, nothing more. I guess we have to pay for their building, or has medical care gotten completely out of hand??? Can't afford to get sick. I guess its either pay for the visit or get medicine over the counter. What's everyone think????
Get insurance. I pay $20 for and office visit.
stinkbug

United States

#9 Nov 21, 2011
THE Bed Bug Bob wrote:
<quoted text>Get insurance. I pay $20 for and office visit.
That is good thinking. My insurance used to work like that. I have insurance now, but my deductible is outrageous, Mr. Bob. I still have to pay out the wahoo before it kicks in.

Since: Apr 11

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#10 Nov 21, 2011
stinkbug wrote:
<quoted text>
That is good thinking. My insurance used to work like that. I have insurance now, but my deductible is outrageous, Mr. Bob. I still have to pay out the wahoo before it kicks in.
Yeah...the deductibles can be outrageous. What seems screwed up is having to pay $300 for a CT scan (deductibles), but a week in the hospital only cost me $100. Tell me that's not fu cked up!
rice_patty (the real one)

Owensboro, KY

#11 Nov 21, 2011
THE Bed Bug Bob wrote:
<quoted text>Yeah...the deductibles can be outrageous. What seems screwed up is having to pay $300 for a CT scan (deductibles), but a week in the hospital only cost me $100. Tell me that's not fu cked up!
Mr Bed Bug,
I am one of your harshest critics, but damn, you nailed that right on the head. A weeks stay IS less than a CT scan or an MRI. It's completely screwed up!
inquiring mind

Fredonia, KY

#12 Nov 21, 2011
Stupid wrote:
Wht don't you just go to the free clinic in Madisonville.
listen stupid, I am not from Madisonville. I am in Murray. I am an established patient and it was for an office visit. I also have insurance, Medicare and United Health. I still had to pay. The whole jist of this forum was the initial cost of the office visit. Do you get it now????????

Since: Apr 11

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#13 Nov 21, 2011
[QUOTE who="rice_patty (the real one)"]<quoted text>
Mr Bed Bug,
I am one of your harshest critics, but damn, you nailed that right on the head. A weeks stay IS less than a CT scan or an MRI. It's completely screwed up![/QUOTE]

And don't forget...there's another charge for someone to read the CT, MRI or x-ray! The whole thing is sheer fu cking lunacy.

Since: Sep 11

Location hidden

#14 Nov 21, 2011
I suggest you don't go to Primary Care. They run ppl thru like cattle & charge way more than they should. There are other good doctors in town. I don't go to primary care unless it's the weekend & I feel like I'm dying & then when I go see my regular doctor she always gives me another med because she says the one they gave me won't do the job & to stop taking it & get this one filled. That is one of the ways the keep you coming back. Give you a med that will make you fell some better for a few days or so then wears off so your illness comes back twice as bad so you have to come back again & pay another outrageous office visit & hopefully they can run chest xrays or something the 2nd time around to charge even more. It's a racket.
just guessing

Murray, KY

#15 Nov 21, 2011
inquiring mind wrote:
<quoted text>listen stupid, I am not from Madisonville. I am in Murray. I am an established patient and it was for an office visit. I also have insurance, Medicare and United Health. I still had to pay. The whole jist of this forum was the initial cost of the office visit. Do you get it now????????
you have to pay the deductible for the year. so maybe that was why it is so high.
ben dover and take it

La Grange, IL

#16 Nov 22, 2011
yea, i don't go there any more because i went for a kidney stone, it wasn't my first kidney stone and i knew what was going on. The first time i went for one they just tested my urine and gave some prescriptions and told me if i didn't pass it in a few days to come back. Over a year later i go back with a second one. They don't test my urine but give me a scan instead. They tell me that i was right and give me the same prescription as last time. Then they want to test my urine to just make sure... I passed this one the same as the first one on my own. I get a bill from primary care, they charged my insurance 800 dollars for the scan. My insurance paid 400 of it. I had to pay 400 of it. About a month later my friend with no insurance goes to primary care with a kidney stone, they scan him...he tells them he doesnt have any insurance, so then they say well then we will only charge you 300 dollars for the scan. i pay 145 dollars every month for insurance and then i still get screwed every time. I don't think the problem is just with primary care though, i think its everywhere.
Healthcare insider

Owensboro, KY

#17 Nov 29, 2011
First, I am not affiliated with Primary Care and have no knowledge of the inner workings of their business. I am originally from the area and check back on here from time to time and as a healthcare professional who has studied the healthcare system in depth, I will put my two cents in:

The problem is not primary care. The problem is with the health care system as a whole. The ROOT of the problem is with patients' abuse of the healthcare system and their refusal to accept responsibility for their own actions. We live in a society of instant gratification where everyone runs to the emergency room for healthcare the same way they run to the drive thru for dinner.

We also live in a society where people sue health care professionals, especially doctors for anything. It's to the point now where the emergency room I work in is forced to do an EKG on 75 percent of patients over the age of 60 just because they're over the age of 60. Why? Because a patient somewhere in some obscure place presented to an emergency room with an obscure complaint and randomly was having a heart attack despite the fact that they had no symptoms of a heart attack. I'd venture to say less than 1 percent of the EKG's we perform have any significant abnormality at all, and EKG's are just the tip of the iceberg. Never mind the sheer number of CT scans for abdominal pain patients we do. People who have non-specific symptoms but refuse to leave the ER happy if they don't get a CT scan. I even had a woman last week who had had a problem for months and her primary care doctor had not done an MRI so she came into the ER, demanded an MRI and was irate when we didn't do a 10,000 dollar emergency procedure for her non-emergency problem.

Finally, I had another patient recently who was an able-bodied 19 year old male who hadn't seen his doctor because he was "waiting for my medicaid to go through." If you're 19 years old, able-bodied, and male...and waiting for medicaid. You should be shot in the head as a worthless member of society.

Before you bitch about the cost of healthcare, realize that it's the patients' fault. The patients are the ones who abuse the system, causing the costs of providing care to go up. The patients are the ones who have filed frivolous lawsuits leading physicians to have to practice defensively causing the costs of care to go up. The patients are the ones waiting around for free healthcare through medicaid rather than getting a job and insurance and funding it themselves instead of through the tax payers.

Remember all of these things as Obamacare really kicks in...and it gets ten times as bad.
stinkbug

United States

#18 Dec 1, 2011
Healthcare insider wrote:
First, I am not affiliated with Primary Care and have no knowledge of the inner workings of their business. I am originally from the area and check back on here from time to time and as a healthcare professional who has studied the healthcare system in depth, I will put my two cents in:

The problem is not primary care. The problem is with the health care system as a whole. The ROOT of the problem is with patients' abuse of the healthcare system and their refusal to accept responsibility for their own actions. We live in a society of instant gratification where everyone runs to the emergency room for healthcare the same way they run to the drive thru for dinner.

We also live in a society where people sue health care professionals, especially doctors for anything. It's to the point now where the emergency room I work in is forced to do an EKG on 75 percent of patients over the age of 60 just because they're over the age of 60. Why? Because a patient somewhere in some obscure place presented to an emergency room with an obscure complaint and randomly was having a heart attack despite the fact that they had no symptoms of a heart attack. I'd venture to say less than 1 percent of the EKG's we perform have any significant abnormality at all, and EKG's are just the tip of the iceberg. Never mind the sheer number of CT scans for abdominal pain patients we do. People who have non-specific symptoms but refuse to leave the ER happy if they don't get a CT scan. I even had a woman last week who had had a problem for months and her primary care doctor had not done an MRI so she came into the ER, demanded an MRI and was irate when we didn't do a 10,000 dollar emergency procedure for her non-emergency problem.

Finally, I had another patient recently who was an able-bodied 19 year old male who hadn't seen his doctor because he was "waiting for my medicaid to go through." If you're 19 years old, able-bodied, and male...and waiting for medicaid. You should be shot in the head as a worthless member of society.

Before you bitch about the cost of healthcare, realize that it's the patients' fault. The patients are the ones who abuse the system, causing the costs of providing care to go up. The patients are the ones who have filed frivolous lawsuits leading physicians to have to practice defensively causing the costs of care to go up. The patients are the ones waiting around for free healthcare through medicaid rather than getting a job and insurance and funding it themselves instead of through the tax payers.

Remember all of these things as Obamacare really kicks in...and it gets ten times as bad.
When its free to all, no one will want it. The price will go down. Then they will quit going for no reason, and just go to a regular office visit cause they can.
jules42071

Hayden, AL

#19 Dec 2, 2011
nolead wrote:
<quoted text>Are you an established patient? It's more if not. Was just there it was 85$
I have been a patient there for years the office visit IS 175 it depends on your insurance and what deal they have made with them as to how much you are actually charged. Yes health care and medicine cost is out of hand even with insurance which is also skyrocketing
bigboy

Kansasville, WI

#20 Dec 2, 2011
I've been a patient there over 20 yrs. My last visit was 85$.

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