Tuesday, May 22, 2007

It pays

I recently received a bill for $220 for a specialized blood test, one that will be billed to my insurance and (hopefully) covered.

[Yes, that's one test. It was to test for a certain enzyme level - if my levels were low, I wouldn't be a good candidate for continuing Imuran without it becoming toxic to my liver. So it was important, but still...]

I glanced over it and didn't give it much thought. I imagined it was right.

Then I checked it against my records and found three errors - three errors that could take $220 out of my pocket or force me to beg for an appeal.

The moral of the story: assume nothing. Make reviewing the endless, and boring, paperwork your new hobby. It pays to look.

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