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Old 02-22-2015, 07:56 AM   #61
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Of course if you take traditional medicare the issue of network is simple either the provider takes medicare or they don't and if they don't they can't force you to pay more, all they can do is decline you as a patient.
Not necessarily. In one of the few things I've reposted on FB, a friend noted that he had a standard label he pasted on every document he signed at hospitals that read, "I, (name), agree to be responsible for the cost of all necessary medical procedures to the extent that they are covered by my Medicare Policy #_______ and my Medicare supplement with (Company), #___". He'd then sign that sticker. I may be a little off on the wording. At one hospital they handed him forms to sign after they'd locked up his eyeglasses and the supply of stickers! He wrote the clause out from memory. Later they tried to dun him for substantial uncovered charges, but he prevailed.

DH has Medicare but I'd still be wary of someone who hasn't agreed to accept Medicare rates being brought in to look at X-rays, consult behind the scenes or assist in an operation.
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I decided not to pursue this other than leaving a negative yelp review. The personal aggravation and negative emotions deal with these jagoffs is not worth it for a relatively small $ amount. And, the issue that I had the test done for is resolved now.
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I decided not to pursue this other than leaving a negative yelp review. The personal aggravation and negative emotions deal with these <edit> is not worth it for a relatively small $ amount. And, the issue that I had the test done for is resolved now.
A sentiment that is easy to understand and cannot be faulted.
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A sentiment that is easy to understand and cannot be faulted.
Exactly. Often the fight just isn't worth the aggravation.
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Exactly. Often the fight just isn't worth the aggravation.
OTOH- I know some who pursue such fights for the sheer entertainment value
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This is one reason I will never pay more then my co-pay to a provider. If they say they don't bill insurance then I say I will go elsewhere. These people are big crooks! Sorry you got taken.
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Not necessarily. In one of the few things I've reposted on FB, a friend noted that he had a standard label he pasted on every document he signed at hospitals that read, "I, (name), agree to be responsible for the cost of all necessary medical procedures to the extent that they are covered by my Medicare Policy #_______ and my Medicare supplement with (Company), #___". He'd then sign that sticker. I may be a little off on the wording. At one hospital they handed him forms to sign after they'd locked up his eyeglasses and the supply of stickers! He wrote the clause out from memory. Later they tried to dun him for substantial uncovered charges, but he prevailed.

DH has Medicare but I'd still be wary of someone who hasn't agreed to accept Medicare rates being brought in to look at X-rays, consult behind the scenes or assist in an operation.
It appears that if a physician does not accept assignment the balance bill is limited to 15% over the medicare assigned rate. Of course the physicians guild wants to do away with this protection.
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