Monday, February 25th, 2013
Wait a Minute Doc!
A friend had a very bad reaction to an injection so she returned to the doctor’s office. Her arm hurt so badly she couldn’t lift it, she felt weak and dizzy and ended up missing two days of work.
There’s a hefty co-pay on her insurance plan so when a bill for $92 came for the second visit, she called the doctor’s office to say she didn’t plan to pay it. She explained that had it not been for the office’s mistake—nobody had checked her chart before calling her to come in for the shot and at the time she didn’t know that this was not a yearly precaution like a flu shot—she wouldn’t have had to come back to check out the side effects.
The takeaway: It’s up to you now. Before getting an innoculation, check online or with someone to confirm it’s an annual event.
Another friend took her pet to the vet and part of the checkup was extensive [expensive] blood work. She got the results and one was missing though she’d been charged and had paid for it. She had to go back with her pet and hoped that she wouldn’t get another bill for the doctor’s time. I can’t imagine she would. [Patients are never reimbursed for their time.]
The takeaway: Don’t just read the top line when reviewing blood test results. Make sure you see the results for each test you paid for.
I stop by a street fruit and vegetable vendor on my way home from work at least three times a week. The quality is tops, the prices low to rock bottom and inevitably, when I buy a few things—four oranges, tiny sweet tomatoes in an attractive display, a couple of boxes of blueberries for example—he always knocks down the total by a few dollars. I ask for two potatoes and there are four, no extra charge. It’s quite fun to buy from him as I never know what the surprise will be.
The takeaway: If you are lucky, you find a vendor like this.
Do you have examples of when you’ve felt inappropriately charged or when a person has given you a welcome if undeserved price break?