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Day 9: Worst Doctor Ever

Thursday, February 21, 2013

I had a frustrating day yesterday. Here's the context-

A few weeks ago, I posted a message in the "Help! Panic Button!" Section of the website about a horrible experience I had with a gynecologist. Well, the Worst Doctor Ever Saga continues:

She ran blood work to check me for hypothyroidism or PCOS. She coded the blood work as "gain in weight" a symptom, rather than diagnostically based. As a result, my insurance company wouldn't cover it. So I called her office (because obviously, I'm going to appeal the insurance charges) asking if I can supplement my documentation with doctors notes that verify those were the underlying conditions the doctor was checking for, and basically, she said no! Can you believe it?

She told her nurse to tell me she would never check thyroid levels on someone my age (I'm 27). Then why did she check my TSH level. I asked the nurse this, "Why else would a doctor run someone's TSH levels but for hyper or hypo thyroidism?" Her reply, "I don't know what to tell you. That's just what the doctor said."

So now I'm getting documentation of my family history to contest the bill and attempting to get her doctor's notes (the office is fairly cooperative, so maybe this won't be as frustrating today). I'm not going to pay over $100 because this doctor is ignorant. I hope she handles her deliveries with more care and attentiveness. Otherwise, she's just asking for a malpractice suit.

Also, no weight loss for day 2. It's that TOM so maybe I should just stop weighing myself for a few days.

I hope today is a better day!

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    WOW. I am keeping you in my thoughts.
    1851 days ago
    Her office released her notes from that day. They are inaccurate- when she asked if I exercised, I said "yes, less than I used to, but in moderation today" her notes were marked that I didn't.

    She also noted that I was vitamin deficient, even though I told her I take multivitamins daily and (at the time) I was following Sparkpeople. (Now I'm following a low carb diet).

    This evidence just illustrates how terrible of a doctor she was.
    1852 days ago
    You have a right to your medical files. She cannot keep that from you. If you request a copy they need to provide that. Something doesn't sound right about this doctor.
    1853 days ago
    I tried billing first. They said they can't change the coding. I explained my situation. This seems extremely obvious to me:

    If some one has a fever, the doctor wouldn't code the visit as "Fever", the doctor would check for swollen glands, ear infection, strep, ect. Most likely, the doctor would associate this with an infection.

    Also, I wouldn't go to a gynecologist to treat something as simple as "weight gain." Obviously, when I was describing my symptoms, two alarms went off in her head: 1) Hypothyroidism; or 2) PCOS. Wouldn't I have gone to a bariatric doctor for "weight gain" for the sake of weight gain?

    She was ignorant to me during my visit as well- Also, she was morbidly obese, barely able to get around in her office. You'd think she'd have a little compassion for someone who recently gained a lot of weight without explanation.

    1853 days ago
    Doctors in general are a strange bunch. If you call again ask them to change the coding - if they will that might help you get coverage. Do not ask the Doc ask the billing person. Explain you will not pay the bill unless change is made. I've had to make similar calls and the office personnel always go along with it - mostly because then understand and empathize with where you're coming from. Good Luck and let us know how this works out.......................Naki
    1853 days ago
    Hope you have a better day today. emoticon
    1853 days ago
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