I have been unable to work fulltime without developing horrible symptoms of fatigue for a long time. So I took 6 months off to work part time and try and narrow down what in my system is causing problems. My doctor found Lymes disease and when the symptoms didn’t subside, ordered a test once a month, for two months without explaining that these would most likely be out of pocket for me. Imagine my displeasure when I recieved $3300 worth of medical billing from Labcorp – remembering that I have been put of work. The bill that my insurance company paid partially (I only get $500 for diagnostics too) had a $1500 discount (75%) so I asked why the insurance company was billed at such a lower rate. The guy on the phone explained that as the insurance companies are such good customers, they get a better discount than individuals. I explained that I am only making $200 per week and could he please come up with a discount. He offered me $1400 off from $3300 which is 40%. When I asked him about some of the pricing he hung up on me point blank. Realizing that the billionaire insurance companies are getting a much larger discount than me, I also decided to look up a site called Medical Blue Book. I started running the pricing for each test and Labcorp is on average 500% over market value for every single blood test. I don’t know how I am going to proceed as no one seems to want to take responsibility here, but I think it’s disgusting to prey on sick people & I will pursue this until I get a fair price for the services offered.
P.O. Box 2240 Burlington, North Carolina USA