Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Living in Switzerland > Daily life  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09.07.2019, 21:26
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Payerne
Posts: 38
Groaned at 71 Times in 23 Posts
Thanked 8 Times in 6 Posts
Krypton is considered unworthyKrypton is considered unworthyKrypton is considered unworthyKrypton is considered unworthy
Overpriced [medical] bills?

Edit: Medical not media :/

Hello.

I have a question about a fracture I received today.

I went to an ENT doctor for tinnitus-like symptoms. I went there twice. The first time he checked my ear in a closed room and gave me a medication, told me to come back if it didn't get any better.

So I went back and he said there is only one med left to prescribe and beyond that there is nothing to do, as tinnitus is a life-long problem. I took his advice tried the pills and it didn't work, so I decided to live with the illness.

Anyway, those two times I met the doctor couldn't be literally 20 minutes (combined) ... maybe 18 minutes at best.


Today, I found a bill in my post amounting to chf 486.-

Now, I am currently unemployed. So, the social service pays the bills. But, I just don't understand how this is possible.

Is it me, or does this seem overpriced? He gave me another appointment to see the effect of his second and last recommendation. I am thinking about canceling it, because I find it unsettling even the social have to pay that much.

Once, employed I will def research the costs of doctor visits even though the insurance pays the bills, because as far as I heard, depending how much the insurance pays for you, they can increase your subscription(?) at the end of the year cycle.

Anyway, being relatively new to this whole scenario, I am asking here if anyone else finds this strange too.

Last edited by Krypton; 09.07.2019 at 21:57.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09.07.2019, 21:43
3Wishes's Avatar
Moderately Amused
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Bern area
Posts: 9,617
Groaned at 62 Times in 59 Posts
Thanked 15,185 Times in 6,982 Posts
3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Overpriced [medical] bills?

Depends on whether you went in as an emergency case, what the medicines were, and what tests were performed. I recently saw an ENT as an urgent case, had some tests done and some medicines prescribed, and went back 2 more times on a non-urgent basis. The bill was over 500, but 130 of that was medicines.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09.07.2019, 21:49
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Payerne
Posts: 38
Groaned at 71 Times in 23 Posts
Thanked 8 Times in 6 Posts
Krypton is considered unworthyKrypton is considered unworthyKrypton is considered unworthyKrypton is considered unworthy
Re: Overpriced [medical] bills?

Quote:
View Post
Depends on whether you went in as an emergency case, what the medicines were, and what tests were performed. I recently saw an ENT as an urgent case, had some tests done and some medicines prescribed, and went back 2 more times on a non-urgent basis. The bill was over 500, but 130 of that was medicines.
It was not an emergency. I went there twice after making an appointment. Also, the medicines are paid by my insurer, which is the Group Mutuel insurance company. I saw the doctors review on Google though and there are complaints about the pricing being too high. I guess there is nothing to do except change doctor in the future. It doesn't matter who pays it.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09.07.2019, 21:51
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Nyon
Posts: 1,866
Groaned at 67 Times in 46 Posts
Thanked 1,860 Times in 952 Posts
bowlie has a reputation beyond reputebowlie has a reputation beyond reputebowlie has a reputation beyond reputebowlie has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Overpriced [medical] bills?

I betcha if all the insurance companies could combine their data we would find some Dr.s are working 60 hours a day.

My Oncologists bill regularly show 30 minute consultation and another 15 minutes consulting files in my absence. My 10 minutes visit begin with him reviewing my file ...

Yes, I know the insurance company pays the bills, but...
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank bowlie for this useful post:
  #5  
Old 09.07.2019, 22:01
3Wishes's Avatar
Moderately Amused
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Bern area
Posts: 9,617
Groaned at 62 Times in 59 Posts
Thanked 15,185 Times in 6,982 Posts
3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Overpriced [medical] bills?

I've posted about this before, but if anyone is concerned the doctor is over-charging, take a notepad with you. I always do, with a list of questions/concerns so I don't forget. I also make a point to write down the time the doctor actually walks in, and the time the appointment is over. I always check the bill to be sure it's accurate, and so far since the doctors have seen me write times down, I've not been overcharged.

Krypton, how many minutes is the doctor charging for the time, compared to any tests and medicines?
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09.07.2019, 22:26
Markarina's Avatar
RIP
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Bern
Posts: 1,017
Groaned at 10 Times in 8 Posts
Thanked 936 Times in 468 Posts
Markarina has an excellent reputationMarkarina has an excellent reputationMarkarina has an excellent reputationMarkarina has an excellent reputation
Re: Overpriced [medical] bills?

Quote:
View Post
I betcha if all the insurance companies could combine their data we would find some Dr.s are working 60 hours a day.

My Oncologists bill regularly show 30 minute consultation and another 15 minutes consulting files in my absence. My 10 minutes visit begin with him reviewing my file ...

Yes, I know the insurance company pays the bills, but...
I know this scenario all too well with my current oncologist, he wants me in and out the door and still bills for 30 minutes, my previous oncologist was more than happy to spend the full 30 minutes with me ... hopefully I can go back to him in the new year
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09.07.2019, 22:29
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Payerne
Posts: 38
Groaned at 71 Times in 23 Posts
Thanked 8 Times in 6 Posts
Krypton is considered unworthyKrypton is considered unworthyKrypton is considered unworthyKrypton is considered unworthy
Re: Overpriced [medical] bills?

Quote:
View Post
I've posted about this before, but if anyone is concerned the doctor is over-charging, take a notepad with you. I always do, with a list of questions/concerns so I don't forget. I also make a point to write down the time the doctor actually walks in, and the time the appointment is over. I always check the bill to be sure it's accurate, and so far since the doctors have seen me write times down, I've not been overcharged.

Krypton, how many minutes is the doctor charging for the time, compared to any tests and medicines?
Not sure about the timing but with the facture, I received the detailed report and there are 17 types of 'works' done by the doctor, I can only remember him doing 2 tests with machines. Maybe I don't understand the term, but I will go tomorrow and ask them to explain what they are without saying anything bad. So they will know at least, or I will.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
doctor cost, ent, insurance, medical




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
petty medical bills t3m Complaints corner 25 04.02.2017 17:01
When do you send medical bills to Assura? happyrobbie Insurance 25 22.01.2017 19:41
Ridiculous medical bills mzigah Daily life 13 06.03.2013 20:18
Medical bills - which year's franchise? eng_ch Insurance 5 20.01.2011 18:00
Medical bills procedure fptrader Insurance 4 14.07.2010 20:45


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 16:54.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0