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Old 10-21-2014, 02:06 PM
 
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If ER docs are going to pull this scam they better be ready for a fight. You can't trick people into thinking their insurance will cover a service and then charge them thousands of dollars.

 
Old 10-21-2014, 02:15 PM
 
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During a recent trip for a procedure, I had to sign a form indicating that I was aware that I was responsible for services that possibly weren't covered by insurance (anesthesia service) and I was responsible for the charges. I bet it's in the paperwork that patients sign before being seen by the physicians.
 
Old 10-21-2014, 02:22 PM
 
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During a recent trip for a procedure, I had to sign a form indicating that I was aware that I was responsible for services that possibly weren't covered by insurance (anesthesia service) and I was responsible for the charges. I bet it's in the paperwork that patients sign before being seen by the physicians.
It's a little different with ER visits. Of course they ask you to sign many papers, but you can refuse to sign and they cannot refuse to see and help you.

If doctor/hospital has no signature, and contacted you with the bill/ sold your debts to collection agency, just send them a debt validation letter using certified mail and you will never hear from them again. They also will not be able to report your debts anywhere.
And even if you signed, and doctor/hospital sold your debts, there is a chance they lost your file, so debt validation letter would also work.
 
Old 10-21-2014, 02:22 PM
 
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During a recent trip for a procedure, I had to sign a form indicating that I was aware that I was responsible for services that possibly weren't covered by insurance (anesthesia service) and I was responsible for the charges. I bet it's in the paperwork that patients sign before being seen by the physicians.
This is a common practice. The "blank check" you are handing over to the hospital. This should be an illegal practice.
 
Old 10-21-2014, 02:29 PM
 
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This is a common practice. The "blank check" you are handing over to the hospital. This should be an illegal practice.
I agree. Since these ER doctors not controlled by anyone they can make up their own rates and there is nothing you can do about that.

There is a broken chain somewhere and to me it's between the hospital and ER doctors - they need to figure out how to be considered "in-network" or hospitals with out of network doctors should not be called in-network.
 
Old 10-22-2014, 01:45 AM
 
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We have a system up here in Canada where every one who works pays a % of their paycheck for healthcare coverage, for some one making $50K per year it amounts to under $30 a paycheck.The payoff is never having to worry about healthcare costs and every one is covered from cradle to grave.
We also have private insurance that amounts to another $20-$30 per week that covers things like glasses,dental and drugs although the drugs can be covered by your national healthcare coverage.
Canadians viewing the American system of Healthcare are amazed at how needlessly complex the system is. Healthcare? IMO let the government deal with it.

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Old 10-22-2014, 03:59 AM
 
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Government controlling healthcare isn't a very popular topic here in the States.
 
Old 10-22-2014, 04:14 AM
 
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I definitely got that impression Buc..

I think people would like a system like Canadas or systems like many other countrys around the world.
Not sure why it never happened in the USA.
 
Old 10-22-2014, 04:37 AM
 
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Johor it will never come over here since how many people go to Canada for Heath care?

The same counts for The Netherlands where costs are cut year after year and almost all nursing homes have or are closing and it is a mess. The health care system is broke and taxes are going to the roof and services are limited over the age of 60 and waiting lists are very long.

Doctors reite early or report sick due to the work load and amount of pay they get. No incentive to be happy and work hard and get rewarded accordingly for the amount of years they went to school to become a doctor.

When my mother in law came here and went to the ER in an ambulance we knew within 24 hours what was wrong and that was never discovered in more than 2 decades and numerous visits to doctors, hospitals, etc.

The doctor even allowed her to fly over here with a blood pressure of 225/175 and later told us that was normal for a 75 year old woman!
 
Old 10-22-2014, 05:55 AM
 
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I definitely got that impression Buc..

I think people would like a system like Canadas or systems like many other countrys around the world.
Not sure why it never happened in the USA.
Because big guy is behind all this and the current way is the way to make money for him...
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