I just went to a rheumatologist last week because my knee is swollen from Lyme Disease again. She drained the fluid and prescribed me a more powerful antibiotic for a month (Doxycycline). I just got a call from a doctor at that office today. He asked me how my knee was feeling since being drained a few days ago. I found it odd that a doctor was calling me on a Saturday. Fine, I said. It was obvious he wasn't advertising information here, so I pressed him and he informed me that "an unexpected organism" was found growing in the culture.
They performed a graham test and found a few "purple rods." He said the only bacteria he knows of that has this feature is anthrax. Great. However he said it's almost certainly a contamination on the lab's behalf and that if I really had an infection, I wouldn't be able to walk. Still, they made an appointment for me first thing Monday morning at the rheumatologist's office "just to be sure."
It costs me $40 every time I see them. I don't think I should have to pay this just to come in and have them look at my knee for a few minutes, given that it's apparent the only reason I'm being called in is because of a problem on their end. I wouldn't complain if there was a legitimate and unexpected complication revealed by the labwork, but this isn't the case. Would it be fair of me to protest the copay?