Nicole told me she was horrified when she got her bill for bloodwork from the hospital. She had been proactive, calling her insurance company, reading off the labs and the ICD10 codes I’d given her. She was told that her insurance would pay 80% of the bill. She knew she had the choice of paying for labs through my office, but she figured it might cost a bit less to go through her insurance.
I hadn’t ordered very many tests for her. I could have drawn the blood at my office self-pay, sending it to my lab. I would have told her up front what the price would be. Do you know what it would have cost (including a $10 drawing fee)? I added it up today…. $57.74!
And her husband’s bloodwork, which cost them nearly $900 …. would have been $71.38 in my office!
The medical system is broken. I don’t know why their bloodwork would cost so much (and it’s nearly impossible to find out the prices ahead of time). But it’s one more reason that my DPC (Direct Primary Care) practice makes so much sense! Patients pay a monthly membership fee and get unlimited office visits and communication, as well as the opportunity for low-cost bloodwork and other services. No co-pays, no hidden fees.