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Them: Your copay for the CT scan will be $500 Me: Whaaaat? No way. Who'd you talk to at my insurance? Them: ... Me: What's the cash self-pay rate, if I don't use insurance? Them: Uh, $300 Me: ...
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Adam Weinstein Jan 15
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Me: So the CT scan is $300 if I self-pay, but $500 if I use my $500-a-month insurance? Them: ...yep Me: Okay I guess I'll pay cash then Them: Fine. But the radiology charge will be separate, and I don't know what their self-pay fee is Me: Can you find out for me? Them: ...
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Adam Weinstein Jan 15
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Them: Okay here's the number for radiology to find out their self-pay fee Me: Wait, while you had me on hold I checked my plan info... Them: ... Me: It says my CT scan copay should be $300, not $500 Them: ... Me: So... can you call my insurance Them: ... [sighs] Fine, sure
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Adam Weinstein Jan 15
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Mind you, this is all about an hour after my ENT's office called my insurance to get the CT scan approved, then called me back and said it would cost me $100. But maybe that's just the radiology fee? WTF?
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Adam Weinstein Jan 15
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When I asked why my insurance copay on this CT scan was more than a cash self-pay rate, I was told that the self-pay matches the best negotiated rate, i.e. the Medicare rate. So... why don't we all just have Medicare, again?
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Adam Weinstein Jan 15
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Them: So, two separate reps from your insurance told me it's *actually* gonna be $500 for this CT scan, *plus* a 50% coinsurance Me: So... you're actually not in my insurance plan, is what you're saying? Them: ...Yes? Me: Kthxbai
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Adam Weinstein Jan 15
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Me: Dear insurer, can you please help me find a CT scan imaging co that's in my network? Them: Sure. So you know that's a $400 copay, right? Me: My plan info here says $300. Them: Is that 2020 plan info? Me: I mean, your website gave it to me! So it's [looks] ... from 2015
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Adam Weinstein Jan 15
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Me: Dear insurer, why is your copay on my plan $100 more than the self-pay rate for a CT scan? Them: We can only vouch for our negotiated rate. That's why I tell people, if self-pay is cheaper, don't use the insurance. Me: ... Them: ... Me: That's... Them: ... I know, right?
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Adam Weinstein Jan 15
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Me: So I guess the place I'm scheduled for -- Broward Health Imaging on Andrews -- isn't in plan, since they say it'll cost $500 plus 50% coinsurance, so can you please send me a list of in-network providers for this CT scan? Them: Sure thing, we'll email it Me [opens email]:
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Adam Weinstein Jan 15
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At this point I'd just pay 300 bucks for a thickly accented Austrian to tell me "Eet's naht a tumor"
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Adam Weinstein Jan 15
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Me: Dear insurer rep No. 2, can I get an in-plan CT scan at Broward Health? Them: Well, they're in your plan Me: Great! Them: Buuuut they'll bill you as a hospital outpatient, so you're on the hook for coinsurance, let's find you an independent in-plan imaging office Me: ...
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Adam Weinstein Jan 15
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Them: Whoa did someone tell you a CT scan would be $100? Me: Yes! My ENT, when they got approval from you guys for the imaging Them: Yeah no, $100 is for *X-rays*. Which *also* means your *CT scan* is not approved. Whew, good thing you didn't go to that appointment! Me: ...
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Adam Weinstein Jan 15
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Me: So why should I do this for a $400 insurance copay and not just self-pay $300 around the corner? Them: The copay covers everything at an approved imaging center. Does the $300 self-pay, or is radiology and disk space extra? Me: I... dunno? Them: Me neither, I'm just asking
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Adam Weinstein Jan 15
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Upshot: Scheduled a CT on Monday with someone in plan that I have been told is insurer-approved for $400. And I got this far *only* because I'm an insistent asshole with time on his hands who's been professionally trained to listen carefully, take notes and ask pointed questions!
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Adam Weinstein Jan 16
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Update to this thread: A journalist contacted me for additional thoughts on my (pretty standard, really!) situation, and on US health care in general. Sharing the latter here for max visibility.
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Adam Weinstein Jan 22
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My favorite response to this thread from an editor was the one who said "Wait, wait, go back for a minute: you were a libertarian??" So I wrote a piece about it for her:
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Adam Weinstein Jan 23
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Lol the bros have found the piece and stared at it awhile in lieu of a close reading
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