Howl lovely. First it was backbilling..now this mess. Guess what..it is going to get worse with Obamacare/romneycare.
The next time you visit your primary care physician for a physical, you may want to consider inquiring as to whether or not you will be billed extra for asking too many questions during your checkup. This is what happened recently to Susan Krantz of Minnetonka, Minnesota, who was reportedly charged an additional $50 on her medical bill for simply inquiring about a sore hip.
It is called a “split charge,” and it is increasingly creeping up in the medical billing process for patients who converse with their doctors about specific ailments outside the general physical regimen. Time spent with doctors discussing “acute care” matters are apparently billed differently than time spent for a “wellness” visit — in essence, doctors are now sometimes charging for two office visits when patients discuss other matters.
“Even as a registered nurse, I can’t figure out what this is,” said Krantz to WCCO News in Minnesota about the charge, recalling when she first noticed it on the bill. “You can be charged an extra office visit if you ask too many questions. I don’t understand that, because isn’t that what [the] visit is for?”