Doctors Don't Understand the Cost of Healthcare
I went to see the Gastro doctor (NP) yesterday since I was having some issues. I have Crohns. I got chewed out for not going in more often. That I needed to be seen every 6 months to monitor my condition. It's about $180 each time I go in. I have a high deductible plan. Then she ordered 14 pages of tests about 2 tests per page. I came home researched the costs and almost $1000 worth of tests and then back to the office for the results. I know I need some of these tests, but my PCP does them when I go in yearly for refills and at that point the tests are considered routine, so the insurance pays them. These were not routine tests being ordered. I got no refills, no meds, nothing. And she wasn't even a doctor. We do have an HSA that we use for medical things, but I felt all these tests were a bit much. I'm having issues and I have to wait two weeks for the test results before she'll prescribe anything. Sorry, I might end up in the ER by then. I'm actually feeling a bit better and things are calming down, but I was so irritated by her attitude.
I made an appointment with a new PCP since mine retired. On the site it says he deals with chronic diseases, so I'm really hoping he will take care of me like my old doctor. He was so good. My insurance pays for one routine visit each year plus routine labs. I'm glad the insurance will at least do that, since it's required to be seen my a doctor to get your prescriptions refilled.
I was just so irritated by this woman. I'm looking for a new GI doctor too, haven't ever really been happy there. Maybe the new PCP will have a suggestion.