• Doctor won't share evaluation results no notice of need of payment and I have no money... They did all the treatments and won't share result

    Asked by Bigkev51 on Monday, March 12, 2012

    Doctor won't share evaluation results no notice of need of payment and I have no money... They did all the treatments and won't share result

    I found out I had cancerous tumor on the left kidney early august 2011. Then they did the surgery to remove the tumor on September 1, 2011. At that point I could not work. I am a self employed construction contractor and could projects. I was turned down for everything we applied for. After losing my phone and apartment I ended up homeless for about 30 days. I had not been in contact with the hospital or Idaho urologic during that time. Eventually I found a temporary place to live and updated my contact information with the hospital and Idaho urologic.
    Then I had my ct scans and blood work checkup set up for 6 months no mention I needed to pay anything yet. Idaho urologic completed the tests, no mention of payments at that point either. I showed up for the results evaluation appointment at the front counter and I was met with a very rude receptionist who informed me per Dr. Joseph Howard Williams orders they would not share my results unless I paid $130 up front for the consultation. I

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    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      Perhaps you can offer to put together a payment plan so the doctor can see you or if you look for a new doctor, ask up front about a payment plan. You should be able to at least access your test results from the hospital. You may have to pay a small fee for your medical records but at least you could see the results.

      Unfortunately doctors can ask for payment up front if you do not have insurance. In fact, even for those patients that have insurance, most doctors are required by their contract to collect the copayment up front.

      I guess if I was in your shoes, I would at least get the records from the hospital so you know if your scans were clear or not and go on from there.

      over 8 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Also contact the american cancer society at the number listed in the resources link at top of page here. Tell them your situation, they have some resources to help with expenses.

      over 8 years ago
    • JannD's Avatar

      I am an RN and I would make sure that this doctor is aware of what is going on in his front office. They try to stay out of the financial end , but, what is happening could be considered. "Patient Abandonment" It is a great idea to contact the American Cancer Society. also. But you might want to send a confidential letter to the MD. He may not be as willing to be so harsh.
      Also, some cancer centers will see you regardless of income, and they can get the records. Worth a try.

      over 8 years ago
    • Chris' Avatar

      Cancer and insurance..... I know when I was diagnosed and before I started chemo my doctor stated that they needed to get approval from my insurance company - I looked at him and asked "what would happen if I did not have insurance or if they did not approve? - No treatment?" He looked at me sadly and said - "I am sorry but yes, no treatment ...." I think god every day I have insurance. The LLS program offers assistance.

      over 8 years ago
    • RuthAnne's Avatar

      This is disturbing as it seems to go against the hypocratic oath...

      over 8 years ago
    • rocketman's Avatar

      I am sorry to hear what you are going through in your journey. The cancer diagnosis is a nightmare in itself. Now you have to deal with the financial side effects and all that entails.

      I am lucky that we still have insurance through my wife. However, I had a similar situation after my kidney was removed last summer. I was taking my son for a dr. appointment and the clinic refused to see him until I made a payment. The insurance coverage and medical bills were a nightmare.

      over 8 years ago
    • collinsb01's Avatar

      Hello bigkev51. I am so sorry for what you are going through. As if the medical situation was not enough. I know this is late, in addition to some of the things suggested above, try your state/county medicaid (or equivalent) agency. Since you are in a totally different financial category now, you may qualify for assistance even back to when your status changed. I have no insurance. I was seen at a University hospital. Due to my income, I qualified for financial assistance from their foundation. They paid all off my costs for 1 year (thank God). Since then, they have been accepting a token amount on a monthly basis as lon as I do what I said I would do. What I do know is communication is always the key.

      Do whatever you can, but never give up.

      over 8 years ago

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