In July of this year I had my gall bladder out. When I got my Blue Cross Maryland bill, there were over a dozen things on it that I didn't have. They are 'standard' I am told, and I had to prove they were false!
That is terrible, that they added stuff on that you did not have done! I do not care how "standard" it is - you do not have to pay for work they did not do!
I have a great aunt out west that had a tumor removed a few years ago and the doctor’s office sent in the paperwork to the insurance company and about a year later she got a bill in the mail from her doctor's office, saying she needed to pay! She called the doctor’s office and they said her doctor does not take Blue Cross. She told them the surgery had all been pre-approved! She told the secretary that the doctor needed to send the bill to her insurance company. After another year, she got ANOTHER bill. Again she called the office and her insurance agent. Again she heard nothing back so figured it was taken care of. After another year, she got a third bill! This one was from a collection agency! She called and faxed both people again and her agent told her the bill was too old and she didn't know if they would be able to pay it!
Wow, I've heard of this before. I had a buddy who went in to the hospital without any insurance. He refused the tetanus shot they wanted to give him. He refused it at least 3 times. When he got his itemized bill, they had billed him for the shot and the other things that he did not have done. He called and fought it too and they ended up crediting him but what a joke that is. How many people really look at their itemized bill that close? Especially when you have insurance and you aren't paying it.
I received a similar bill in the mail, almost two years after the date. It was for jaundice treatment for my first born child, and the charges were for stuff that the insurance company had supposedly refused to pay for. This was standard treatments too, nothing funky or off label or controversial. It was UV blanket treatment and multiple heel sticks to see that her bili levels were coming down.
Really, what kind of insurance company doesn't cover that for a newborn?!