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Old 11-16-2012, 04:40 PM   #11
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When DS1 was born, he had a skin tag on his back. The doctor offered to take care of it, and she ended up using suturing thread to tie around it a few times so it would painlessly die and fall off.

Our bill for that part said something like "destruct benign lesion" and was somewhere between $150 and $200.
That seems so wrong!

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Old 11-16-2012, 04:43 PM   #12
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Sadly, if they took something out, that is considered surgery.
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:44 PM   #13
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Yes, basically insurance only paid $20 toward that, the rest was ours. I feel like I'm getting ripped off b/c I have a PPO.

Shocking that it's normal, but I'm glad I asked before I went in there up in arms. Technically I'm a surgeon, dh's a surgeon and my parents are surgeons by that definition.

Jennifer, that is just awful.
I come from a long line of surgeons, too! We all removed our own splinters, and used tweezers to pluck things out of each other's eyes/ears, once my mom had me cut one of her skin tags off....

I have been severely underpaid!!!
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:58 PM   #14
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Yes, unfortunately it sounds fair. I was shocked when I had an "operation" charge for having my IUD removed. That 5 minute procedure cost me $300! I tried to fight it, but I lost.
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Old 11-17-2012, 03:50 PM   #15
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A dermatologist once ask if I wanted him to take care of of a small pimple he'd noticed while we discussed my eczema. 30 seconds later his assistant was finished, she'd used one alcohol swab and a common blackhead thingy. For that procedure he billed my insurance $120 for "dermatological surgery" or some nonsense. So sorry.
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Old 11-17-2012, 04:33 PM   #16
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I think there should be DIY consults. I can hold my kid down and tweeze him or wrap string around a skin tag. But if i did it myself i would probably be turned in for medical neglect to dhs or some crap like that. Things are getting out of hand.

I took ds2 in for a foot rash. I called the nurse asking if it could be athletes foot, and if nit fungal is safe for a toddler. I told her it wasn't hand, foot and mouth because it looks nothing like that rash, no pain and no other symptoms. Of course she had me bring him into be sure, but my doc was full so I saw another docs substitute. She looked at it, asked if I was a first time mom, and said his shoes are bothering him. Um, no. He hardly wears shoes and he's had these shoes for 3 months now. Rash appeared 2 weeks ago. She told me to try antifungal if I was so concerned. Which is what I called the nurse for. Then she lectures me on my "overly caution vaccination schedule." which my doc fully supports and has my kids fully vaxed by 4 years old. The visit was $275, lasted 5 minutes, 4 of which were me defending my parenting skills and medical choices.
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Old 11-17-2012, 05:00 PM   #17
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Sounds about right to me.... Sadly.
Yeah. At my old OB office I was biked for surgery every time they drew blood.
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I think there should be DIY consults. I can hold my kid down and tweeze him or wrap string around a skin tag. But if i did it myself i would probably be turned in for medical neglect to dhs or some crap like that. Things are getting out of hand.

I took ds2 in for a foot rash. I called the nurse asking if it could be athletes foot, and if nit fungal is safe for a toddler. I told her it wasn't hand, foot and mouth because it looks nothing like that rash, no pain and no other symptoms. Of course she had me bring him into be sure, but my doc was full so I saw another docs substitute. She looked at it, asked if I was a first time mom, and said his shoes are bothering him. Um, no. He hardly wears shoes and he's had these shoes for 3 months now. Rash appeared 2 weeks ago. She told me to try antifungal if I was so concerned. Which is what I called the nurse for. Then she lectures me on my "overly caution vaccination schedule." which my doc fully supports and has my kids fully vaxed by 4 years old. The visit was $275, lasted 5 minutes, 4 of which were me defending my parenting skills and medical choices.
Oh my I TOTALLY agree with the above bolded and underlined part. I think it's a great idea.

It would never, ever, EVER work in our sue-happy society, where people sue over everything they possibly can.....

But overall, I think it is such a fantastic idea. ... and I totally agree ppl are getting really nutso and out of hand with the whole "child abuse" thing. EVERYTHING is becoming "abusive" somehow, or "neglectful". It's disturbing.
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