This is in response to Beck M. defending there choice to go "Private" - Consider the insurance premiums that we pay every month out of our paychecks to have insurance - There are quite a few families out there that pay monthly to have insurance. Not all companies pay for full coverage / or for families. So not only are they paying hundreds (Blue Shield for a patient in there 30's/single $200 - $300 ish) a month and lets not forget about the deductible and the prescriptions cost and the mileage and time off of work - now WE have to fork out another $120 (cost of office visit not including the other costs for blood work or what ever else needs to be done to make you healthy - upfront) only to get hassled by the insurance company and the doctors office for reimbursement. This is not a position that the average PATIENT should have to deal with let alone will know how to deal with it. The whole reason to going in to see the doctor is to feel "TAKEN CARE OF" - sorry but this is not being taken care of.
It is really easy to write reviews on the internet because you don't have to identify yourself. I am in hopes that your response is out of being a true patient and not one of the administration staff defending her job (don't mean to offend you). I am a patient of actually 3 doctors in that office and I run the Human Resource department in my job and I also now how insurance works. You are correct about in network vs out of network costs and even when I received the letter to go private automatically grabbed the most recent bills to compare. The doctors and insurance companies have created this mess to suit themselves and lets not forget about insurance fraud - and now we (the ones that just want go about our business) are stuck in the middle. This is NOT the solution!! It is easy to raise you hand and say I don't want to deal with it. But who cares.
THIS SHOULD BE ABOUT THE PATIENTS - If you found out you had cancer (GOD forbid) and now you have to deal with the insurance company on top of it - How would you feel!!!!!!!