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I just received the explanation of benefits from my insurance company for a blood test that was done on my first visit to the specialist 4 months ago. They told me they had to do it at the McBride Clinic because I am in a rural area and they don't have the equipment to "drill down" to the details so they do them there. I have not received a bill from McBride yet. The EOB showed where they billed the Lab involved for almost $1,000 !! Now I received another EOB for another out of network provider for the same lab work for almost another $1,000 which I am responsible for! Then a letter from the insurance company saying they are requesting more information from the clinic for a charge of $87. WOW. Why would a blood test cost $2,000? His office call is $650! I am thinking since I have mild RA I could get a regular doctor to take care of me. I am having to travel 150 miles to this doctor and just had a flare. I called and you have to leave a message and pray they call you back. They called back with a mextro pack and no pain pills. This in itself is very stressful for me but the nearest specialist are 150 any way you look at it. I have an appt in June and hope they don't "present" me with an outrageous bill. I was told an internal specialist can handle RA. and I'm thinking of just getting a regular doctor to handle this.
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