Post # 1
So I had my regular gyno appointment back in March, and I paid my copay of $30 for the exam with a pap smear. She also sent me to the lab for blood tests CBC and Thyroid. The blood tests were covered 100%. The pap was covered 100%. She did a urinalysis that was covered 100%. Those are the things I knew about.
I just now got a bill though for $209…apparently the doctor ordered all kinds of other tests that I was completely unaware of and they are not covered…at all. I don’t even know what all she did but there were 5 tests, insurance company says one was gonorrhea and one was chlamydia. Not sure what the other 3 tests were. I know I don’t have Save-The-Date Cards, but hell, at least they could have called with results if I have to pay $209 for it.
What the hell? Why wasn’t I informed of this? I’ve never had this testing done before ever, and I didn’t ask her to do it. Now I have this ridiculous bill that I don’t think I should have to pay. I don’t know where to start on this. I called insurance just to see what the tests were, but should I fight it through them, should I fight it through the doctor, or should I fight it through the lab that did the tests?? (the lab is billing me).
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
yeah, def contact your doctor first, then the lab and then your insurance company again
Post # 11
Ok sounds like the doctor is the way to go…I will be calling. She should have let me know all tests that she was running, had I known about the STD testing I would have said no. There was absolutely NO REASON to test for Save-The-Date Cards and I wasn’t given any option to opt out! There was no box for me to check to say I didn’t want it done.
Post # 12
Ok. Yes I was told it’s standard…even though I’ve never had it done at any other doctor, but that’s besides the point. Waiting on some other person to call me back. Fighting this to the end.
Post # 13
Do not pay for something you didnt ask for! You should be able to fight this until they take it off
Post # 14
Ugh, I hate doing these types of phone calls at work…I get all shook up talking to these people. These people don’t seem to understand why I’m angry, so now I’m waiting on the doctor to call me. I should have called them yesterday, but I let it boil up inside me so I kinda exploded at the woman this morning. I let them know I’m not paying, now I just have to get them to agree with me.
Post # 15
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
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.