I consider myself a pretty decent person. Sure I get upset and I’ve done some bad things in my life, but I think I’ve lived a pretty normal life without too much trouble. I also realized today that I’ve always been somewhat afraid to revolt against authority figures or the “system”. I even have a hard time raising hell in a restaurant when my food is wrong. I will usually just pick at it, pay for it and then leave.
I don’t know. I think I’ve gotten better in some ways, but today I had to deal with the fact that I am firmly in rebellion.
I have a bill from a doctor’s office that I am refusing to pay. I’ve said things like that before, but I’ve always caved when things got hard and just ended up paying it or whatever. Not this time. This time, I am prepared to go the distance.
The great thing about today is that I finally decided to stop dealing with the doctor’s office altogether, because they so obviously don’t want to deal with me. Since they blamed my EOB and the fact that they need to bill me how my insurance company paid the claim, I decided to give them a call.
I wasn’t calling them to ask for help. I honestly just wanted to know why they paid the claim the way they did so I could go back to the doctor’s office armed with more information. Information is always a good thing, especially when someone is trying to use it against you.
I was humbled and amazed that the insurance company actually helped me. After hearing my story, the lady on the phone decided to give my claim an exception and she is going to submit the claim for processing (even though it was out of network). Not only that, she said I could file an appeal if they try to bill me for the remaining balance. She basically said they should be writing it off, but if they aren’t going to do it nicely, then we have other ways of getting it done.
I honestly cried. This has been such a nightmare and I’m just happy I found someone who agreed with me and is willing to help me.
I plan on never going to that clinic again. Now that I’m thinking about it, I should honestly post their information on Facebook and what-not, but I’m not at that stage yet. I guess I’m in revolt, but only to a certain degree.