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    I finally qualified for that "Welcome to Medicare" checkup.

    I called the Doctor to see what that might cost me.  I know, I'm either dimwitted or cynical.

    The Doctors office said "We don't do the billing, call this number"

    I called "this number" and they told me they couldn't quote me either.

    So I went for the appoint.

    I was told I had to pay $147 deductible, $99 due on the spot the rest to be billed.

    I got the bill for the balance and paid it knowing that not do so could result in hours of phone calls trying to UNDO being turned over to a hateful collection company.  

    Medicare is very organized when it comes to having specific numbers for specific services.

    There was an ID number for the service.  I finally had something I could research.  This is what I found.

    TRUE STORY.  The Doctors office billed Medicare for "Out Patient, follow up visit" as if I had been released from the hospital.  I had not ever been in the hospital.  In addition, Medicare was billed for two blood tests taken BY BOTH THE DOCTOR ($8) AND THE HOSPITAL ($45) BILLED AS, and I paraphrase: "TAKING THE BLOOD SAMPLE"

    Out right fraud and I am out-of-pocket for $147 which I have no idea how to recoup.

    I reported them to Medicare, found another Doctor and will have my FREE "Welcome to Medicare" check up next week which, btw, includes a FREE Electrocardiogram.  I will bring proof, a Medicare printout,  of this to the Doctors office so I get this service.

    Here's the kicker.  I didn't get any kind of real check up.  The fraudulent Doctor's office didn't have me dawn a hospital gown and THE DOCTOR DIDN'T EVEN TOUCH ME.  I had to ask him to listen to my heart before he bolted out the door after a 20 minute chat.

    Two weeks after I reported Doctor to Medicare, I got a phone call inviting me in for my Welcome to Medicare.  The shear gall!  

    And the "Welcome to Medicare" visit.  I found out from the New Doctor's office that this will be a half hour Doctors visit.  I haven't had a real check up in about 10 years as I am fortunately healthy but I am curious about a few nagging seemingly chronic symptoms.  I wonder what it will cost me to get a true health report after spending $100 a month for MedPartB, $147 deductible, and 20% co-pays?  Heck, an MRI costs over $1,500 in my area.  If I have one, will I also have to pay another $300+ co-pay?  Will anyone at the hospital be able to tell me what I will owe?

    Another example of what is wrong with Health Care in America.

    It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

    by War on Error on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 07:42:33 AM PDT

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