‘Discount’ for healthcare checkup?

 

Last week I took my 16-year-old son to the pediatrician for his yearly checkup. The appointment was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. We arrived five minutes early. The doctor didn’t arrive until 9:35, explaining that she has two small children at home who are sick, and it was hard to get out of the house. The checkup included blood pressure, temperature, height and weight, and a few questions. We were in her office for a total of 20 minutes, for which we were charged $245 which included a 30-percent discount for being self pay.

When I questioned the doctor and the billing staff about the price, they told me that there was no mistake and in fact the $245 was a fair market price for such a visit and, after all, I did receive the “self pay courtesy discount.” So really, who needs the affordable healthcare act when medical expenses are so obviously reasonable?

Lesli Radcliffe, Palmetto Bay

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