I went in this morning for my ultrasound on my gall bladder. Yep, I showed up, so worry not, ye of little faith. I don’t know anything yet, they have to get the doctor to “read” it and then send the info over to my doctor. But, before I had the procedure, I had to pay for the procedure. I don’t mind paying for services, but I kind of feel that I had a rectal exam instead of a gall bladder ultrasound when it comes to the money.
it was explained to me that there would be TWO different bills: that the doctor who will “read” my ultrasounds and then for the images themselves. Now, again, like I said, I’m all for paying for services rendered, but it was the amount that I was charged that is what ticks me off a bit. I have a $1000 deductible on my insurance. They said I was nowhere near that, which is true, nor would I expect it to be any different than the amount they said had been used toward my deductible. The “cost” of the procedure was $350ish and there was so much allowed under the insurance. So, I had to pay $240ish to have the procedure.
What is the blue heck costs $350 about this? I understand the machinery costs a pretty penny, but they have these appointments all through the day and that stuff was paid off within months of purchasing it. And, I also know that people go through a lot of expensive educating to be able to do what they do. I’m not at all diminishing their importance, job description, etc. But, again, I’ve spent just as much on my education as they have and I don’t get to charge people that much money to do my job.
You may wonder what I think would be fair? Well, not $350 a pop. Now, my question is how much of that is the doctor’s cut for “reading” the image? Or, is that a totally separate amount that I’ll be paying for later? Again, I’m not belittling the knowledge, skill or need of the doctors but it’s not worth that much. I think it’s a racket. And, here’s the kicker! There were two ladies who did the procedure. One was a tech in training, a student just learning. So what should have taken about 10 minutes took about 25. Now, I don’t mind, at all, that I was the guinea pig as I know that real-time training is the best teacher, but to pay full price for that? No. Way. Jack! I don’t like that at all. The time didn’t matter to me, but The BCPF who went with me to the appointment was late getting to work because of the amount of time they took. So, in essence we could have lost money paying them full price to experiment on me. I just think that is total B.S.
I believe in our health care system, I really do. I also, believe, wholeheartedly, in the doctors and their abilities. But, I completely think that the health care “industry” is a sham. It’s a screwjob and a half. I knew this when I had my heart surgery and that was a big cost. I get that cost, but $350 for an image of my gall bladder taken from a trainee?! That’s stupid, ridiculous and every other superlatively-laden adjective that we can think of. There’s nothing we can do about it but it certainly is heartbreaking to know that, as well. Boo to you Health Care Industry! Boo to you Novant Health.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“America’s health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.” – Walter Cronkite