Yet Another Racket (or, Damn! I'm in the Wrong Specialty)
I sent a patient with a hard-to-figure-out autoimmune issue to a local rheumatologist a few weeks back. She came in today for (more) blood work and told me the following:
The specialist's first available appointment was April 22 (six weeks out.) That's par for the course around here, but what floored me was the demand to send a $75 check along with the required pre-visit paperwork, along with a deadline after which the appointment would be canceled if not received. The check would be returned to the patient at the time of the visit, and would only be cashed if she failed to keep the appointment.
(Patiently waiting until you pick your jaw up off the floor. I know it took me a while.)
Frankly I'm amazed they can get away with it. Hell, $75 is more than I get for a Level 3 Established patient visit!
I'm still shaking my head.