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Re: Thanks, mair! mair

Posted by All Done on April 13, 2005, at 0:50:18

In reply to Re: We had a fight All Done, posted by mair on April 12, 2005, at 22:07:31

> Laurie - I understand entirely that it's not about the money. It wasn't for me and the fact that I couldn't let go of it made me almost feel self-destructive. Like here I had found a T that I liked, and I was probably going to lose her because I got a little obsessed over the fact that I thought she was billing me improperly.

I know what you mean. I'm pretty positive that my obsession with this matter is going to push him to drop his contract with the insurance company.

> My insurance company confirmed for me that she wasn't supposed to bill me more than the co-pay on the approved amount and once my T got around to calling the insurance company, she was told the same thing. I think she was just naive. Ultimately, I agreed to pay her something in between. I guess it wasn't any more correct for her to charge me what I agreed to pay than it was for her to charge me the full difference between the approved amount and her regular hourly rate. But it did feel better to have faced the issue and reached a compromise and I appreciated the way she was willing to confront the issue with a really new patient, although again, I wasn't real impressed with her lack of understanding of how her own insurance contract worked.
> These guys sign these contracts I guess because they want to be part of a network of approved providers. It does come at a cost which they are not allowed (at least by most contracts) to pass along to their patients. I think lots of T drop those contracts once they feel they no longer need the insurance referrals - that's certainly what my T did.
> Let us know how it goes.
> mair

I'm trying as hard as I can to be ready for the fact that we may have to work on a compromise as opposed to just him changing his fee. It would be better than nothing and I think I could handle it since at least he would be accepting some of the responsibility. Right now, though, he's not, and that makes me pretty upset.

If we do work out a compromise, I'm going to have to tell him that it feels to me like I have to take care of him because he made a mistake and that's one of the gazillion issues I have with my mom.

Thanks, mair. I will definitely let you all know how it goes.





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