So I went over the new batch of IVF bills last night. Looks like we'll have to pay - the bills are for all of the Progesterone blood tests my wife had during the days leading up to embryo transfer. I'm guessing the delay in receipt of these bills was caused by our insurance company, so shame on me for bad-mouthing IVF Michigan. I wish they would have told us about this though, or at least provided some clear documentation from which I could learn about our liability ... there is no way I could interpret our statements to correctly identify that we still owe money for our procedure. Perhaps I'll scan these documents and place them up here so you can all see what I'm talking about (but I'm sure if you're reading this, you're very familiar with the issues I've described ... and furthermore, I'm sure you have no interest in reading about some other dude's insurance paperwork. If you are interested in this sort of thing, you clearly have too much time on your hands and should find something better to do - if this is the case I encourage you to stop reading this blog immediately)
From here on out I will not leave a medical appointment without a clear understanding of the procedure cost, the amount to be covered by insurance, when reconciliation between insurance and provider will happen and when the patient responsibility portion will end up in my mailbox. I will need all of this in writing before leaving the office. Medical receptionists are going to hate me - but like most things in life, you have to take these matters into your own hands. If you can't trust Doctors, you certainly can't trust the morons that occupy their front desks and billing departments.