I was getting Xolair injections once every 3 weeks at Dr. S's office. Dr. S is an allergist.
The price started out as $163. That's the price just for injecting Xolair - not for the Xolair drug itself. That's a lot. It's a little more work for the nurse than a simple injection, but not much.
But I was willing to pay $163 as a self-pay patient.
Then, without telling me they raised the price to $262 for self-pay patients. Pricing info is not available at his office. I got two Xolair injections at $262 that were in the same billing cycle before I found out about the increased price. So I was billed $198 extra.
I don't think this is fair. Three reasons:
- I should have been informed ahead of time of the price increase, especially since I get these injections repeatedly, on a schedule.
- The $262 price is far more than other allergists charge. I got quotes of $35, $115 and $179 from other local allergists. My family doctor used to give me Xolair injections for $65. And the allergist I'm currently using, includes an office visit with a PA and a brief checkup in their $115 price. Dr. S just had a nurse give me the injection.
- The allowed rate for a Xolair injection for a patient with BCBS insurance varied from $95 to $145. I know because I was briefly insured by BCBS.
So they are charging self-pay patients more than twice as much for the same service!
I repeatedly brought up the excessive charge with the doctor and told him my objections. But he didn't adjust the charge.
This seems like an unethical business practice. Perhaps not strictly illegal - but am I supposed to check the price each time before I get any service? I would be constantly bugging his billing office in that case. I didn't think they would increase the price by 60% without telling me, to much more than other doctors charge! I would like to work it out with Dr. S, since I liked his way of giving allergy shots. I complained to the BBB, maybe that will help.
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I agree Luara. You should have been informed ahead of time. It's unethical, and should be illegal. I would be very upset with them.
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