So I'm currently insured but paying out of pocket. I need to see a doc to find out about some pain associated with a surgery I had about 7 years ago, and get a prescription written. Since I'm paying for it all, I asked how much a doctors visit would be without labs or anything other than the 3 minutes the average person gets at an average visit. I was surprised to hear that it depends on what we discuss.
My questions will most likely be:
Will you please write me a prescription for a few weeks worth of this medicine I've been on for years?
I had surgery years ago and now it hurts again, is it something that needs to be corrected or is it scar tissue and it will go away or does it just suck to be me?
The billing lady suggested the range was anywhere from $60 to $150, and my wife, who's generally much smarter than I am and a nurse, said it depends on what ICD9 codes are marked. Are either of those questions the expensive ones and should be asked differently/avoided?
Also, it's quite possible I'll need an ultrasound and, as I understand it, I then have to go back in to hear the results from the GP. Is the translation of the radiologists notes an expensive code, and I ought to badger the rad tech to tell me all they can?
So my question to you guys is, how do I know what questions I can ask without more than doubling my bill? Googling just gets me medical coding classes and lists of the codes.
Am I over reacting since I finally have a good job again after 14 months out of work and can afford to pay what it costs to be healthy again???