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Old 08-05-2016, 03:19 PM   #21
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My old doc suggested that since I pay 100% of cost that I just go with him and pay cash...

The problem was that the blood test he wanted me to have cost $330... that was HIS cost and he was just passing them on... he was going to charge me between $70 and $100 for a visit... my first visit was $70...

I paid when I left and they put it down as 'cash pay' so they would not submit to insurance...

Now, I did go to my PCP for the $45 copay and guess what? The blood tests are not covered!!! I have a bill for about $100 or so... still cheaper than cash pay, but now I do not have any more copay visits with the doc this year and will have to pay full boat if I need to go...

BTW, I have taken my DW to an emergency clinic twice this year for infections etc. where we could not get to our PCP for a week or more... we just paid the $75 copay and nothing else... seems this is the way to go if you want to pay cash... but, they do have a fee schedule that is more than this... but it is listed upfront and you can check it out if you want...

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Old 08-05-2016, 06:47 PM   #22
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We live in a relatively poor state, and the state's very low tax structure cannot support their costs of providing Medicaid for children. A large percentage of children especially are on Medicaid in this state.

Our grandson's on Medicaid, and his physician was notified last week that Medicaid payouts are dropping 30% starting immediately. We have no idea what that's going to mean to the clinic's staffing, time to get an appointment, etc.

If I was going to have an almost 30% reduction in revenue, I'd be looking for a hospital to buy out my practice. They're the only ones dumb enough to want to own a pediatrician practice here.

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