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Sub: Doctor office refuses to treat my son and I because of past
Wed, 07/07/2010 06:35

I received a letter from the Billing Department, from my Doctors office. I have an outstanding debt with them, which I TOTALLY forgot about..$65.00. I ALSO received a letter, reguarding my son...oustanding debt was $350.00. Well....this debt, for my son was suppose to go onto my ex-husband's insurance. Apparently it was 'denied'. So..they dr's office is sending ME the bill. Here is the strange thing....MY bill is not TOO old...they ( dr's office) said some time last year. But..they say my SON'S bill is over 3 years old. Why din't they send me something ( or my ex?) before now? I gave them (dr's office) a number to get in touch with my ex. According to these letters, I have 30 days to pay BOTH of them in full, or the Dr's office will "refuse any treatment my son or I have." I don't think they can refuse treatment to ANYONE. Any advice?



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Sub: #1 I worked for a Doctor once and he never turned anyone away becauWed, 07/07/2010 - 06:35



I worked for a Doctor once and he never turned anyone away because they couldn't pay a past bill.

Some Doctors are REAL doctors....in it for treating and caring for people...not making money.


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Sub: #2 Can A Hospital Deny you Scheduled Surgery because of a past due Sat, 07/03/2010 - 17:25



just real quick, can a hospital refuse treatement for breast cancer surgery for a past due debt.


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Sub: #3 it is against the law for any medical provider to deny access toThu, 06/04/2009 - 06:53



it is against the law for any medical provider to deny access to medical treatment to anyone if the medical provider receives any federal funding or government monies. Just simply ask them when they refuse to treat your son, tyo put it into writing. Legally they can NOT deny anyone access to medical treatment despite theire inabilitiy to pay...


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Sub: #4 urgent careWed, 06/03/2009 - 19:41



I went to the urgency care today.I have a bill there not caught up.Blood pressure was really high but they refused me said I had been disnissed fromtheir care.I have good insurance and they have paid their part.I am just giving up.


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Sub: #5 [quote=UnemployedRon]I realize the doctor's have to pay their opWed, 05/14/2008 - 23:10



[quote=UnemployedRon]I realize the doctor's have to pay their operating costs too, but it seems a bit "something" (I have no idea what word to use to describe it) to remind a patient to make sure to bring their money with them when they come for the appointment.[/quote]

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Sub: #6 insuranceWed, 05/14/2008 - 04:30



ROADWARRIOR........yep..'Free Care' does come in handy. the problem was that my son's bill was under my ex's insurance, but, it was sent to me. what I had to do was change the 'status' from my ex to me. When i did that, I qualified for the 'Free Care'. The peson, at the Billing office was SOOO helpful with this!! Now...my ex is 'on his own.' I recently found out my ex's is not 'covered at all' because he never paid his deductible. And, of couse ( like everything that 'goes wrong' in his life..) this is my fault, too ( according to him).


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Sub: #7 I'm so grateful for my health insurance - I've dealt with BC/BS Sun, 05/11/2008 - 15:35



I'm so grateful for my health insurance - I've dealt with BC/BS for years now, and they've always treated me fairly. I actually hit the "stop loss limit" once, when I was pregnant with my youngest child - that's a long story, but I was in the hospital more than I was home during that one, and off my feet for 4 months, then unable to work for another 7 after he was born. I actually hit the point where the insurance stopped paying and I had to go on Medicaid to get everything covered. Then after I had him, I had 3 surgeries in the space of 1 year to correct all the problems from the pregnancy...and after the first surgery, I met my deductible and the other two surgeries (and an additional hospital stay for an infection) were covered 100%.

I feel terrible for those who don't have insurance or can't afford it - the only way my kids and I are covered is through my work - and though it costs me around $200 a month to cover them, it's worth it, because I know if I don't keep the coverage on them, they won't get it any other way.

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Sub: #8 Any treatment related my herniated disc is excluded from coveragSun, 05/11/2008 - 13:54



Any treatment related my herniated disc is excluded from coverage until March of 2009. Everything else is covered.


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Sub: #9 I know what you all are talking about when it comes to insuranceSun, 05/11/2008 - 09:30



I know what you all are talking about when it comes to insurance.Tabby, I,too, have pre-existing conditions--heart trouble, malignant skin cancer, etc. Have you checked to see if your condition is not covered at all, or you have a waiting period? My pre-existings were covered, but had a three moth waiting period.
It would cost my husband and me over $1200.oo a month for insurance-thank God for his company.

We were out of insurance for 4 years-that was a nightmare, trying to afford meds, etc.

It has indeed changed over the years. My brother-in-law had a heart attack Friday, and we went to the ER. There were dozens of people there, and I heard them tell others the wait would be about 8 hours. When my mom went to the ER the last time with chest pains, she has congestive heart failure, they told her she would have to wait for 8 hours :shock: I took her to another hospital, and then a couple of days later found out that someones baby had died in the ER that night waiting, and they were suing.

On the other hand, when mom was in the hospital for the6 or 7 weeks, her bill was a over a quarter of a million dollars. Thank God she had a supplement!

I am fortunate now, our Dr. is my husbands fishing buddy :lol: he still treats us, but has gone to O.B. patients now. I look pretty pathetic in his waiting roon full of expectant mothers :lol: karen

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Sub: #10 insuranceSat, 05/10/2008 - 19:27



Gosh, TABBY...what a nightmare!! I DO know a few Drs that are VERY sympathetic. However....I just can't travel as far as they are NOW. Well......as I said, I took care of the issue I was having. My ex, of course took no responsibilty toward anything ( as usual).


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