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misdiagnosis costing me $1000's

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  • Posted By: sick wifes husband
  • August 25, 2008
  • 03:23 AM

hello. i'm looking for advice.

my wife was checked out by 2 doctors. they were looking for stroke symptoms (actually, i think they were looking for money). they did all kinds of tests, these tests cost $1000's. they found nothing. a different doctor did a simple test and correctly diagnosed her. shortly after all these tests, her insurance denied claims. we are now left with the mounting bills.

while in the 1st doctors office, my wife was having one of her "episodes", that do seem stroke like. the doctor hardly batted an eye, though my wife was in great distress. this doesn't seem like an appropriate responce for someone having a stroke. yet the doc ordered the tests anyway.

am i still obligated to pay for all the un needed tests ? any advice ?

tia

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  • That's a tough spot. What were her symptoms during her episode?There are 2 ways you can go.1. You can appeal the insurance denial. I think all companies have ways you can appeal in-house first and then if that doesn't work, you can go to the state and have a mediator look at the case and decide if it was a reasonable denial. This option won't cost you anything MORE even if you lose the appeals.2. You can go to a personal injury lawyer and have a consultation to see if you have a case against the lawyer or insurance company or both for your cost. This will cost you if you lose though and some lawyers will charge for the consultation which is not cheap. Personally, I always leave lawyers as a nuclear option (last ditch chance) because the legal system is ******n you as the client and then you run into the possibility that you choose the wrong lawyer and your case is mishandled.
    dizzy lizzie 192 Replies
    • August 25, 2008
    • 07:35 PM
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  • I know how you feel about paying for zero results. I see you live in Illinois. So do I. It makes me wonder if Illinois physicians are the most incompetent in the country, and all they seem to want to do is pocket your money.....I have a medical condition that I've had since birth, although it didn't "act up" for 30 years of my life. When it did act up, though, I first went to my local ER, who sent me to a larger hospital in Rockford to a specialist in the field. You'd think the specialist could have diagnosed my *pre-existing* condition that was in his field of specialization, but, no.....I spent 5-1/2 weeks in this ***k's care and his mis-diagnoses made me sicker and sicker (besides still having my original problem).Finally, I went to University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City on the advice of some of my relatives, and I was properly diagnosed and treated within a few **hours**.However, I'd just started a new job before I initially became ill, and when I got home from the hospital after having a successful operation, there was a letter from my boss saying that I'd been permanently replaced at work (and I'd had substantial prior work experience for that job, but my replacement had none). Since I'd only been at the job a few weeks, however, before I missed so much work, I didn't qualify for protection from job loss under the medical leave law. After I recuperated, I filed a complaint with the Illinois Dept. of Professional Regulation against the doctor who had mis-diagnosed me and who had caused me to be off work for so long, but the doc was found innocent of any wrong-doing.This is when I came to the conclusion that the standards of performance in the medical field are much ***lower*** than standards of performance in the majority of other professions. The ***k who had mis-diagnosed me even **insisted** that I pay him the $800 that my insurance deductible wouldn't cover, or else he was going to haul me off to a collection agency. It didn't seem to bother him that I'd lost my job while I was waiting to be properly diagnosed for a ***pre-existing*** condition within his field of specialization!!!
    HydroVicki 4 Replies
    • September 7, 2008
    • 04:26 PM
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  • I know how you feel about paying for zero results. I see you live in Illinois. So do I. It makes me wonder if Illinois physicians are the most incompetent in the country, and all they seem to want to do is pocket your money.....I have a medical condition that I've had since birth, although it didn't "act up" for 30 years of my life. When it did act up, though, I first went to my local ER, who sent me to a larger hospital in Rockford to a specialist in the field. You'd think the specialist could have diagnosed my *pre-existing* condition that was in his field of specialization, but, no.....I spent 5-1/2 weeks in this ***k's care and his mis-diagnoses made me sicker and sicker (besides still having my original problem).Finally, I went to University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City on the advice of some of my relatives, and I was properly diagnosed and treated within a few **hours**.However, I'd just started a new job before I initially became ill, and when I got home from the hospital after having a successful operation, there was a letter from my boss saying that I'd been permanently replaced at work (and I'd had substantial prior work experience for that job, but my replacement had none). Since I'd only been at the job a few weeks, however, before I missed so much work, I didn't qualify for protection from job loss under the medical leave law. After I recuperated, I filed a complaint with the Illinois Dept. of Professional Regulation against the doctor who had mis-diagnosed me and who had caused me to be off work for so long, but the doc was found innocent of any wrong-doing.This is when I came to the conclusion that the standards of performance in the medical field are much ***lower*** than standards of performance in the majority of other professions. The ***k who had mis-diagnosed me even **insisted** that I pay him the $800 that my insurance deductible wouldn't cover, or else he was going to haul me off to a collection agency. It didn't seem to bother him that I'd lost my job while I was waiting to be properly diagnosed for a ***pre-existing*** condition within his field of specialization!!!Wow. That's really awful. It absolutely highlights my opinion that we need drastic changes to our laws so that people who are genuinely sick don't end up jobless, in debt,without insurance, and more. The idea that a small company cannot afford to hire some temporary coverage for any employee while they are getting well is absurd. The idea that a big company shouldn't have to hire a temp if that sick employee hasn't worked for them for a year is even worse. I refused to pay a $15 co-pay to the doctor who told me nothing was wrong with me for over a week while I got worse and worse and ended up being sent to the ER by the doctor who by that time could not DO anything for me because I was too sick. They sent me multiple bill which I promptly responded to with very reasonable professionally written letters explaining that they shouldn't be asking me to pay for anything at this point. They turned it over to collections. I wrote the collections company explaining the situation and that at this point I will sue her for my medical expenses that resulted from her unwillingness to treat me when it was a minor sinus infection (which resulted in my having to have surgery to fix) before I will ever give her a cent. We'll see how it plays out.
    dizzy lizzie 192 Replies
    • September 8, 2008
    • 02:31 PM
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