A simple immigration (green card) physical with Dr. Charles Okorie at Fair Lakes Urgent Care turned into a frustrating experience and an $800 nightmare.
First of all, don’t be taken in by their stated price of $165 for the “basic immigration physical” when you call on the phone. I found out (too late) that it does not even include the mandatory PPD test & drawing blood & hidden fees which will quickly bring the cost to $270+. And it gets worse.
I already had the required immunizations done (ie. MMR, Varicella, etc) so I carefully prepared my immunization records as proof so that Okorie can sign off on the INS form which is standard practice. We spent 10 minutes reviewing this record and Okorie then made copies of it, which I took as a sign that he found them acceptable.
About a week after my physical, I was shocked to receive a new bill of $480 from the lab doing my blood work. To my bewilderment, a full set of costly blood tests (titers) was ordered to check for each and every one of the abovementioned immunities, which is ridiculous given that I have prior immunization records.
When I went back to the clinic to clarify the extra tests, Okorie contended that he added the blood tests because my immunization record was “inadequate”. Surprisingly, this was the first time I was hearing of it. Now even if Okorie found my records inadequate, that does not mean he can willfully order $480 of blood work charged to me without informing me and getting my consent. After all, this is not ER – this is an elective physical.
I plainly told Okorie that my total bill coming to $800 is totally absurd since most other clinics are charging $200 for the entire package including blood tests. He became indignant at my accusation and said that they are incomparable as “both Motel 88 and the Hilton hotel give you a room and a bed but one could be $50 and another could be $400”. He also said that since I signed the waiver, there is nothing I can do. Unbelievable.
For comparison, my wife subsequently had the same immigration physical conducted in another clinic nearby which charged her just $150 with everything included, which was a breadth of fresh air.