(Closed) My doctor ordered a bunch of labwork that I didn’t know about…

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I would call your doctor and 1st confirm that the doctor actually ordered these tests. It wouldn’t be unheard of for the lab to have made a billing mistake or even a testing mistake.

Post # 4
222 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

In my experiences, OBGYNs will frequently test for Save-The-Date Cards through the pap (even though I’ve never been at risk — it was standard procedure)… but they’ve always warned me first!  I would be pretty upset if I didn’t give an ‘okay’ to have those tests done, and then had to pay out of pocket later on.  If I were you, I would certainly make a fuss.  I would start by calling the doctor’s office to complain, since they ordered the tests.  The lab is just a the mercy of the doctor’s orders, afterall.  What a pain!  Good luck!

Post # 5
2008 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Yeah, I would start by calling the doctor and seeing why the tests were ordered when you didn’t give the ok.  Hopefully they can clear it up.  That really sucks!

Post # 6
2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I would definitely call your doctor’s office and ask for the billing department. They’re probably a good starting place. I wouldn’t pay it without first trying to fight it.

Post # 7
2682 posts
Sugar bee

You can also contest it through your insurance company if you werent informed of it.  I had a procedure done by a doctor that was “in-network” but it was performed at a location that was “out of network” (even though it was right next door to my doctors).  I called and did a written complaint and contested it because had I known that the location was out of network, I wouldve had the procedure done somewhere else.  They ended up covering the cost which saved me about $1000!

Post # 8
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’ve been tested for Save-The-Date Cards before and I never consented to the tests. I was FURIOUS b/c not only had i not slept with anyone, but i TOLD my dr that and she ran the panel anyways. I refuted the charge and didn’t have to pay for it. The billing people said it was standard and she must’ve just not checked the box or something saying I opted out of the tests. They wiped it clean, no big deal, apologized profusely.

Post # 9
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think it is standard for them to test for Save-The-Date Cards along with the pap now unless you opt out. 

Post # 10
814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

yeah, def contact your doctor first, then the lab and then your insurance company again

Post # 13
3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Do not pay for something you didnt ask for! You should be able to fight this until they take it off

Post # 15
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Why isn’t your insurance company covering this to begin with?  I know every company/policy is a little different, but I think that is something that should be covered.

Post # 16
1046 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

It is NOT standard to just check for STIs. A patient should always be told what testing is indicated and asked if they want to proceed with it.

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