When it comes to paying a medical bill, I’ve had a backwards experience. As the founder of Omedix, I built software that’s collected tens of millions of dollars in healthcare bill payments, but I hardly ever paid any healthcare bills of my own. I was under 30 and hardly went to the doctor!
Next month I turn 34 and I am fortunate that neither my wife nor I has any chronic medical issues, but now we go to the doctor for the usual annual checkups. In 2013, our health visits amounted to:
- Annual well-checks with our primary care physician (PCP)
- The lab tests our PCP’s requested
- In her case, annual visit with an OB/GYN
- In my case, annual check up at the dermatologist (skin doctor)
- In my case, annual check up at the ophthalmologist (eye doctor)
Today, I’m about 4 hours in and almost done paying all the healthcare bills. The experience has been…traumatizing. First, multiple bills are sent for the same service, but with slight differences. Second, our doctor tried to bill insurance, had the wrong info, sent us a bill for the full amount, was later informed the insurance was wrong, adjusted the bill, and sent an updated one.