Where did this bill come from?

May 20, 2015

“While you’re looking at little Jimmy for his physical, can you take a look at his knee? And he’s been fighting with other kids in his class at school. And he wakes up during the night and wants to find us before he can fall back to sleep.”

As a primary provider, I see patients with a wide range of illnesses and also for their wellness exams, many times with both overlapping on the same day. My goal is to address each and every concern.

Lately, with changes in insurance policies and coverage, including insurances putting more responsibility on patients and their families and transitioning to deductible plans from full-coverage plans, I’ve been fielding a number of questions. Why am I being charged an extra fee on top of a wellness visit? Why are we being charged for my child’s hearing test? Why am I being charged for my child’s visit (including medication checks, weight checks, behavioral concerns), when my child wasn’t sick?

Insurances are changing- unfortunately there is no simple policy which covers all care anymore. Billing for any exam is getting more and more complex and complicated for everyone involved.

I found this blog online which addresses many of these issues:
https://survivorpediatrics.wordpress.com/2011/08/21/what-i-wish-parents-knew-about-medical-billing/

Please take a few minutes to read over the above blog to help answer some of your concerns.

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