Do I owe this money?
March 14, 2008 3:15 PM Subscribe
Should I really owe the hospital $400 for tests I was unaware of?
posted by sian to work & money (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I had a terrible skin rash and I went into a dermatologist to get it checked out. He diagnosed it by sight as a strep infection of the skin, gave me a prescription for antibiotics, and sent me on my way. I got a call the following week from a nurse, who asked how I was doing--my antibiotics were finished, I was fine and I told her so.
Today, a month later, I got a $400 bill from the hospital for four different tests/cultures. (My deductible is $1k, so apparently they weren't covered). The doc didn't ask me whether I wanted them run. I had no idea he was going to run them and I had no idea that he had until I got this bill.
Am I 100% on the hook for paying this bill? It seems wrong to me that I'm being charged way more money than I have right now for stuff I was not told about. Can I resolve this with the hospital, and if so, how? Do I write a letter, and to whom? I contacted their billing department as soon as I got the letter and they are going to conduct an investigation into it, but the lady said it could be 45 days until they get back to me; am I going to get screwed by some statute-of-limitations-like loophole?
I am more than willing to pay the $100 for the doctor's visit, but I'm quite steamed about the rest. Aah, my first foray into the seamy underbelly of the health industry!