These two bills below are my annual check up: the top one $105.25 was for the doctor and the bottom on $70.76 was from the laboratory. My insurance covers physical check up once a year. My insurance hasn’t changed but I guess the doctors found old way to milk, within the limit.
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Electrocardiogram, or EKG was the first item on the bill above. Below the WebMD explains Why It Is Done :
An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is done to:
Check the heart’s electrical activity.
Find the cause of unexplained chest pain, which could be caused by a heart attack, inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart (pericarditis), or angina.
Find the cause of symptoms of heart disease, such as shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, or rapid, irregular heartbeats (palpitations).
Find out if the walls of the heart chambers are too thick (hypertrophied).
Check how well medicines are working and whether they are causing side effects that affect the heart.
Check how well mechanical devices that are implanted in the heart, such as pacemakers, are working to control a normal heartbeat.
Check the health of the heart when other diseases or conditions are present, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cigarette smoking, diabetes, or a family history of early heart disease.
The doctor never asked me if I have chest pain for heart problem (IF she did, I would have say no … well, since I really don’t have any chest pain or heart pain, or heartache …)
Second on the bill’s Pulmonary function tests. According to NIH , National Institutes of Health, the government of USA explains
Why the Test is Performed
Pulmonary function tests are done to:
Diagnose certain types of lung disease (especially asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema)
Find the cause of shortness of breath
Measure whether exposure to contaminants at work affects lung function
I again, don’t remember being asked nor I complained about any lung pain, lungache or lung sufferings.
The last item on the bill is Venipuncture , which is the collection of blood from a vein, usually for laboratory testing.
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The billing department told me that those tests are routine and mandatory, a policy of their office.
Dr. Park never called to discuss my test or sent me a copy of the test. When I called the office, after the billing department, on to the secretary Michelle. She wasn’t in, the girl who answered the phone was very unwilling to take message. When I insisted, Michelle came on the line. I recorded part of our conversation. They all sound like jaded veterans fighting on behave of larger and rightful force: they talk loud, won’t give you a break to voice anything, belittling … She then referred me to Angela. Angela wasn’t in … Anita took the call.
Obama is trying what Clinton failed to do: fix the US health care system. Good luck, and it’s about time.
What’s there to fix? IF they don’t let the doctors earn their rightful income, they’ll just find a way to pad the bill. It’s only nature.
First thing: take out the middle men. Look how many people I have to talk to, still didn’t get to the doctor.
So far, my rating for this NSIMA, North Shore Internal Medicine Association and Dr. Christina Park is thumb down.