New Year, Same Shit

ARGH. I am so frustrated. My Dad has offered to pay for the contrast MRI I need to determine if my disc is still herniated. I simply must be able to move on and get better. I must!

However, because I am a diabetic, they will not do the contrast MRI unless I have a BUN & Creatnine level done. My surgeon happily writes a scrip for said blood work. Now…where to go? I call every MediCal connections I can find. They say go to county. County says go to a MediCal provider (even though I have to pay the first $1516 each month). MediCal provider says “We don’t do blood work ordered by other doctors. You will have to make an appointment with one of our doctors (pay us another $55) and they will write the orders and then you can pay us for the blood work.” I say hell no. Call the MRI people. They say “Try the hospital, they take MediCal.” Duh, of course.

Hospital lab says sure, we will do it. The two tests will be $55.80 and $64.40 (which you will pay), but we will apply it to your monthly share of cost. That seems like a lot of money. I call a local lab company, ask how much of a discount I get if I pay cash up front for the tests. Total: $32.60.

Lesson learned: If you are poor and on MediCal (but not poor enough to have the free MediCal) then you should pay four times the amount for necessary blood work than anyone else who pays cash.

So, I will just pay the cheap lab and not have it go against my MediCal share of cost. But seriously, this bullsh*t took all morning! I am annoyed as heck. But I do have an MRI scheduled for next Tuesday!


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  1. Ugh that just sucks! The medical industry is just such a freakin’ mess! It never fails to amaze me the ways they try to screw you over!

  2. And yet the politicians are arguing over whether or not we need health care reform. Sadly they are so far out of touch with the real world that most politicians…regardless of political affiliation…will do the right thing and fix the mess. Either too little will be done, or they’ll totally screw it up even worse than it is.
    .-= Tarheel Rambler´s last blog ..Hang Up And Drive =-.

  3. Mar

    I have what most would consider pretty good insurance and I too am getting a great big run around.
    They don’t care about people, just the money how ever they can get it.

  4. And this is why we need health care reform. My doctor’s office makes the uninsured pay a lot more than the insurance companies. So you get screwed twice. At least you have the MRI scheduled. Good luck, I hope it comes up with something easy (and affordable) to fix.
    .-= Anne´s last blog ..Why I Am Not Here Today =-.

  5. Good Luck with the MRI. Hope every thing turns out well. As for the Health system. It Sucks.
    .-= Grampy´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday-Comedy =-.

  6. It never ends. They charged us $35,000 when hubby had a cardiac cath with out insurance in 1999, and it was only $7000. om Medicare for me in 2009. Oh my that was 1 year ago on Jan 5. What an anniversary to forget.

    Any way I an so glad you have hope to get better. I wish the system was better for all of us.
    Big hug. I Wish for miracles to come your way.

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