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Old 02-02-2010, 03:40 PM
 
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I'm wondering how many if anyone has had any dealings w/ these so called "Sliding Scale health organizations" I've applied at both Interfaith and KAPA, they have to know the last time u had a BM and everything else about you and your finances etc. (Very invasive). I've lived all over the S.E. and never had any problem getting health care on a "SLIDING SCALE CONCEPT". I'm afraid they don't know what this means here, I'm under the understanding what you pay the provider depends on what you make. Am I nuts or what. The places they have set up here in the Knoxville area are sooo unorganized and inept. Wondering if anyone else has experienced this
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Old 02-02-2010, 04:40 PM
 
Location: The Conterminous United States
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I've lived in Mass and Florida. Never had any experiences with sliding-fee scale for services. You either had insurance, paid out-of-pocket, or you suffered and possibly died.

I tried to pay, most of the time, in Florida. Couldn't get a correct diagnosis. I went to lots of doctors down there. This was over a ten-year period.

We moved to Knoxville. I heard about the Inter-Faith Clinic. My husband was working and I was not. They wanted a few pay stubs and social security cards. No BMs.

Based on that, we paid 40 percent.

They correctly diagnosed me. Immediately.

Who knows what would have happened without them.

That place is run by volunteers. Doctors and nurses just show up and help out. They do it for FREE. I asked the doctor why it was like that in TN. Why couldn't I get care like that in the other states?

Do you know what her answer was?

"Because this is the Volunteer state."

True story.

When someone offers me a 40 percent discount to save my life I am very grateful. No one owes me anything.
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Old 02-03-2010, 09:57 AM
 
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Oh. I just noticed my error. We received a 60 percent discount.
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Old 02-04-2010, 07:23 PM
 
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Hi, glad to hear you had good luck may I ask if you or your husband are self employed? This is where the problem is i think. Also I'm from Mendon MA not far from Uxbridge and Southbridge moved to Sarasota FL in 1984, moved here 2003 rather be back in FL love the beach thanks for your input Linnea
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:35 PM
 
Location: The Conterminous United States
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We were not self-employed at the time that we went to the clinic. My husband had a regular job. Now, I am self-employed but we just go to our regular doctor and he gives us a hefty discount. I only used the clinic because I didn't know anyone. If you are an established patient, the doctors around here will often work with you. In Florida, most doctors wouldn't take you without insurance, even if you offered to pay in cash. That's what happened to me, anyway.

I've never been to Uxbridge and Mendon is about one hour away from Southbridge.

I lived in Fort Myers for 10 years. I have heard that Sarasota is a bit better but I will never go back to Florida. You are more than welcome to have it.
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Old 02-05-2010, 05:04 PM
 
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I'd be interested in how that works...because as far as I know, docs are not allowed to charge cash customers any less than they bill Medicare for service.



I've actually been researching cash only practices a bit.
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