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Minneapolis Internal Medicine Articles
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I arrived at the doctor's office on time and was taken fairly quickly. It was my first time visiting Dr.
Overall I would say the doctor was very patient and thorough in regards to the questioning and investigation. With regards to my cough, the doctor did a very thorough set of physical inspections (listening to the chest, checking nose & throat, checking for hernia, etc.). No lab tests were done. In the end, the doctor suspected that my cough was somehow related to my acid reflux. He suggested that I could see a pulmonary specialist if desired, but I declined at the time. The doctor suggested I send some prior lab test results I had to his office for further diagnosis and perhaps a follow up visit related to my high cholesterol.
I was hesitant to send any further information as I wanted to see what the cost of the visit was going to be first. When I finally got a bill in the mail a few weeks later, the amount was $320. Insurance negotiates that to a lower rate, but still the cost of the visit to me personally was $276. That is the highest bill for a doctor's visit I have ever seen when no lab tests or x-rays were involved.
With further investigation, I was able to learn that the visit was billed as a 99205 consultation code - one hour initial consultation with high complexity and thorough examination of past history. Compared to the Medicare billable limits for 99205 consult code in Minnesota, the $320 bill was more than 50% higher than the maximum limiting charges ($207.27).
While I'm not sure the visit even lasted a full 60 minutes, the doctor's effective rate was at least $5.33 per minute assuming a 60 minute visit. That means the 5-7 minute phone call the doctor took cost me at least $26-38. At those prices, I would expect the doctor to take no phone calls during my visit, or at least provide a rate adjustment for that. I have learned my lesson about watching the time when I go to see a doctor, that's for sure.
I called the billing department, was referred back to the doctor's office, and then a few days later received a call indicating the doctor would adjust the charges slightly lower. I did receive a letter from Dr.
Basically when it comes to this doctor, I would say go if you have an insurance company that will pay everything. If you're like me with a high deductible plan and have to pay for the visit out of your own pocket, the prices are very very high and you won't be able to get any up front estimate of what the visit will cost you. The doctor's competence, skill, and patience are quite fine, but not so exceptional that I feel I couldn't get a comparable service elsewhere for much less. The billing practices are nauseating and not patient friendly at all.”
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