There are two doctor appointments I'd been putting off making. Last week I bit the bullet and made them both...without really checking my calendar too closely. It didn't even occur to me that I have today off work (thank you Martin Luther King) until it was too late. I'd made one of the appointments for this afternoon. The entire reason I picked the doctor that I did is because it's close to work and since I'm not going to work today, I'd rather not waste the gas and time. I called this morning to reschedule and was told that because I rescheduled less than 24 hours out, I'd be receiving a warning letter and if I did it again, I'd receive a bill for $50.
|I only WISH I pooped money!|
(thank you Google Images for this gem).
Ok, so I understand that a doctor's time is valuable and all that, but are you kidding me? Fifty dollars?? How can they even enforce that? I'm pretty sure I'd skip on that bill and find another doctor. As it is, I have to pay a $70 copay to see a "specialist" and basically all the doctors lately I've been to (with my gynecologist as an exception) are specialists.
|Have fun on bathing in my sorrows.|
Here's the way I see it: I called to reschedule, not to cancel. Give me some credit. While I understand that means you now must wait two days to receive the money I would have given you today, at least I didn't just not show up. How about those times when I have to wait in the waiting room until well past my appointment time and then once I get in the exam room, I must then wait again before I even see the doctor. Why is your time so much more valuable than mine? When will I be receiving my $50 check for the inconvenience?
If nothing else, this past year has made me really loathe the medical system, health insurance, and question how much they're really trying to help me rather than just seeing me as a bag of money (when, in reality, my credit card is taking the hit).
So, that's my rant for today. It's been one helluva year, medical bill-wise, and apparently it's not getting any better any time soon. That goal of getting my own place is taking so much longer than it should!
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