October 27, 2016
Three (3) patients limp into three different doctors with the same complaint. They all have trouble walking and may require hip surgery.
Is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day, and has a time booked for surgery the following week at a total cost for the operation of $2,400.00
Goes to the ER, is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day, and has a time booked for surgery the following week. Gets NO bill for Copay or deductible, in fact gets no bill at all. Total cost for this patient is $0.00
Sees the family doctor after already having to wait 3 weeks for the appointment. Then has to wait another 8 weeks to see a specialist. Gets an x-ray, which isn’t read until the following week, and finally, is scheduled for surgery 6 months down the road, of course…
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