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Re: We had a fight Dinah

Posted by All Done on April 12, 2005, at 15:51:55

In reply to Re: We had a fight All Done, posted by Dinah on April 8, 2005, at 21:01:47

> My therapist does a lot of insurance work and is familiar enough with the rules that he didn't think of trying to charge me the difference. He said in a plaintive tone "You do realize that I only get $70 from the insurance company, and they won't let me bill you for the difference." But then followed with "Oh well, that's the way it is." But I felt hurt (and told him so) because he's willing to see other people for $70 instead of $110. Am I so much more difficult that I'm not?
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> He of course said that he was perfectly willing to see me for $70, but then started some oblique blackmail (or at least discouraging) by telling me he would put down the diagnosis that I wouldn't particularly like as opposed to a half dozen other that would be just as technically truthful, but less embarassing. We passed that hurdle eventually too, after a big fight.
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> Fortunately, I was mistaken in thinking he was on my provider list. Because my treatment plan would definitely bring up things I'd rather not have brought up.
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> Money is so much more than mere money.
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> And I'm still a bit resentful that he charges me $40 more than he charges his insurance clients.

I hear what you're saying, Dinah. I'm so worried that he is going to continue charging his full fee and it's always going to be on my mind. It's so hard not to take this stuff personally even though it is "just" a matter of business.

You know how airlines charge different amounts for seats on the same flight? Well, if I was arguing with them that they shouldn't be charging me the higher rate than the guy standing next to me, no one would think I was arguing because of my own "issues". They would think I was arguing over the dollars. And perhaps, rightfully so. I hate that this has gotten so intertwined with my therapy. But I digress.

I'm sorry you have to pay more than your T's other clients. Hardly seems fair. I understand how it must make you feel.

(((Dinah)))

Laurie


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