Folks, a few weeks ago I went to the doctor to get a physical. Nothing special whatsoever. Just a routine annual physical. It was a two part visit. The first time I went they took blood to run the normal tests (I’m healthy). Then I went a few days later to see the doctor and get checked out.
So, I leave the office and a couple weeks later I get some paperwork from my insurance company informing me that the doctor has billed them $2,550.00 for the visit, and they were paying $2,046.00 after the healthplan discount. What the FXXK?!?
I’m not kidding when I tell you that the doctor visit was less than 30 minutes. Probably 20 minutes of examination and discussion of the blood test results – which were fine so not much to discuss. So I’m trying to figure out what the hell these OUTRAGEOUS charges are for? I mean, normally we just pay our $20 copay (or whatever) and go on our merry way, but if you wonder why the hell insurance keeps skyrocketing, it’s because the doctors are literally charging $5,000 per hour for blood work and consultation.
I’m so angry about this, it makes me distrust the entire medical community. This was not f-ing spinal surgery. The guy looked in my ears, squeezed my stomach, and sent me on my way. It’s got to be one of the biggest shams in the history of all damn time.
Has this happened to anyone else? And why isn’t everyone outraged?