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I went to the doctor about a month ago. He thought it might be mono, so he wanted to send off a blood sample for a mono test. Because I was paying out of pocket, I asked him how much it would cost and he said $15-20. He said to call him the next day (for results I suppose). I called him 2 days later and left a message for him to return my call. Never got a return call, never any indication of results. I was feeling okay, so I didn't really care. Today I got a bill in the mail for a mono test, $64. No results, and the name on the bill is off by several letters. I'm thinking it will never reach my credit report with a name like that. Of course I'll try to track down the doctor on Monday, but it's bullshat. I hate doctors.

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yes, pay it.
First off, blood tests are always expensive, and secondly, they are more expensive when you don't have an insurance company knocking down the cost.
I hate to say this, because you were totally mislead, but you need to pay it.
Maybe you can send a copy of the bill to the physician, and advise him not to give out unwarranted advice.
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yes, pay it.
First off, blood tests are always expensive, and secondly, they are more expensive when you don't have an insurance company knocking down the cost.
I hate to say this, because you were totally mislead, but you need to pay it.
Maybe you can send a copy of the bill to the physician, and advise him not to give out unwarranted advice.
I would say this is why blood tests are so expensive. Insurance companies have really inflatted healthcare costs.
would I pay it? I don't know... if money was tight, I would put it off for a while.
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I would say this is why blood tests are so expensive. Insurance companies have really inflatted healthcare costs.
would I pay it? I don't know... if money was tight, I would put it off for a while.
i didn't say to pay right away.
I agree, if money is tight...they can wait.
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I would say this is why blood tests are so expensive. Insurance companies have really inflatted healthcare costs.
would I pay it? I don't know... if money was tight, I would put it off for a while.
exactly. wheel and deal backend. Insurers screw doctors upfront and thus retail price for those that pay cash is absurd. Eye docs and dentist will knock off 10% if you pay cash before you leave...other specialities should start doing this (at "least" 10%). So in a way you are doing it backend. The doctor isn't going to take you to court for that small amount. They may send you to collections. Strike a deal then or write the doctor and "offer" a smaller amount. Happens all the time. In fact, I'd probably write that he said it'd be $15-20 and that's what I'd offer. We wouldn't pay $6 for a Big Mac if the menu said it's $2, would we??
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