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Thursday, September 6, 2012
Why medical costs are high.
About four months ago I sprained and or strained my Achilles tendon on my right ankle. Many of you know that I have been nurse for many years so; I believe that I know what needs to be done as far as treatment. I attempted to rehab the injury over time but, I thought I needed some physical therapy and called the doctor for an order. Well, one might think that it should end there with an order and that was that. However, after a week of waiting I received a call to go and have an x-ray and it was negative for fracture. So, time for rehab right? Wrong, my physician requested to see me for an exam and the results of that meeting suggested an MRI to rule out a tear in tendon. Anyone want to guess what happened next? Well, the insurance company denied the request stating that I had not had a course of guess what ……..rehab! After some conversation with the insurance company the MRI was allowed. Anyone want to guess what the result of the study was? Bursitis and tendonitis and do you know what is indicated to remedy this problem……….Wrong again, refer to an orthopedic surgeon.
The cost so far, the flat plate x-ray was $30.00, office exam $200.00, MRI $1000.00 and I must give my physician a brake and she has ordered all these tests to cover her posterior. She as a physician cannot take a chance so all the tests take the chance of being sued to a low level.
I am stopping it there and not going to see the specialist. Rehab well somehow I think I'll be doing that on my own.