(Closed) Advice on how to handle an overcharge on a medical bill

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Likely, your provider gave you a pregnancy test because the symptoms you described can match an ectopic pregnancy, and they needed to rule it out. It was necessary in order to treat you responsibly.

Can you maybe call the insurance company and ask why they refuse to cover that portion? If they say it is unrelated to your treatment, I’d have the provider call them and explain otherwise.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Typically a pregnancy test is standard procedure for any female of childbearing age. The last ER that I worked in did “double dips,” (meaning any time urine was collected it was used for the intented test and an automatic pregnancy test) on any female between 13 and 70. Yes, 70. The thought is that you rule out pregnancy first because all treatment plans change if you are, in fact, pregnant. For example, you would have gotten different antibiotics if you were pregnant.

So, I would call the insurance company and start there. The ED provided logical, and in all honesty basic, care.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Agreed with PP, if you are child bearing age (12-55 around my hospitals) you get a pregnancy test because it changes potential treatments, medication, and all that. I don’t know why your insurance didn’t cover it so I would start there, because I am fairly certain the hospital lab followed their standard protocols.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Your doctor did nothing wrong.  They needed to ensure you weren’t pregnant in order to treat you properly.

If you’re going to fight this with anyone, it would be with the insurance company.

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