• When you have something simple done like an ultrasound where all you need is an OK or not OK answer

    Asked by Coloman on Wednesday, November 20, 2019

    When you have something simple done like an ultrasound where all you need is an OK or not OK answer

    Do you always go to the doctor's office in person to be told that? I have decided I'm not going anymore, it's a 375.00 office call for something that can be handled over the phone. I'm not made of money and I think that's just padding the bill. Anyone else stop going for simple answers?

    9 Answers from the Community

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    • JaneA's Avatar

      It depends on your doctor. If it's a not okay, they might need to talk to you in person. But I agree about the copay costs - they wear down our bank accounts.

      Why don't you call the nurse and ask if they will call you with the results?

      19 days ago
    • Dawsonsmom's Avatar

      I have received results of all tests, including biopsy results, by telephone. It is ridiculous to be paying for an office visit for results unless treatment planning needs to be done at the same time. Even much of the treatment planning was done by phone.

      19 days ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      My wife and I talk about this all the time and have also decided that if it's a trip back to the doctor for a 3 minute in the door and just says, "everything looked good", we are not doing it anymore either. Our insurance sucks and our Neurologist's office call is around 400. For nothing really. So we go get the ultrasound and then just go home if it's anything serious they will call.

      19 days ago
    • andreacha's Avatar

      After reading this I understand how fortunate I am with my hospital system and their doctors. My tests results are automatically released to me on my computer every Monday. I do visit my Oncologist each month when my hemoglobin drops below 10 so I can get my Aranesp shot to help boost it. I go to see him right after my CT and MRIs are done every 3 months. I mentioned before that the radiologist makes sure to give my doctor the results in 1 hour and I make the appointment accordingly. Again, that is due to my Piedmont Hospital system going above and beyond.

      19 days ago
    • Jayne's Avatar

      I have actually played the game on this one. I cancel the doc appt, have the test and then read the results on my electronic health record. I think there should be a "fast path" for folks like us who are seasoned and not shocked by any potential blip in the reading. After repeatedly seeing the PA for my results yet being charged for the Oncologist's rate, I think the system is just flawed. But if you are newly diagnosed or just need the reassurance from a medical professional, then this is probably not a good idea.

      18 days ago
    • Bloodproblems' Avatar

      I have been experiencing this and I've only jujst been diagnosed and just started treatments. I notice that they want me to come back to the office again after several, what I would call simple, test. Each one carries a full office charge. I agree that doesn't seem right.

      18 days ago
    • Kp2018's Avatar

      In my area, many people have to travel a considerable distance for office visits with their health care providers. I don't know if this is the reason, but all of my relevant results have been communicated by telephone. Also, there is a real shortage of health care providers in the area, and time for office visits is very limited. I am more than satisfied with receiving results by telephone or by patient portals to medical records.

      If I were asked to come in for an office visit to get test results, I would ask for the reason, such as "are the results so complex that I must received a detailed interpretation from a medical provider about their meaning?"

      18 days ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      $375? Crapola, for that much I'll fly there and get the results for you!

      18 days ago
    • BugsBunny's Avatar

      I have noticed that this is becoming the new standard operating procedure for doctor's office calls. They would like for us to come back once a week if they could convince us to do so, and of course, if we have insurance that will pay a chunk of the charge.

      18 days ago

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