The saga of how much I owe or don't owe for a procedure at the offices of Schofield Hand and Bright Orthopedics in Sarasota Florida continues.
First its obvious that Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida (aka Florida Blue) is reluctant to settle the claim. Last week I received a form from them regarding this claim in which I was asked 1) do I have additional insurance? 2) does my spouse have insurance that would cover part of the claim and 3) why was I not on Medicare and that I should supply written documentation from the Social Security Administration as to why I'm not on Medicare.
I wrote back to Blue Cross and said 1) just like last year when you asked this same question I have only one source of medical insurance and that is you. 2) If you looked at my profile you would see that I am not married so why are you asking if a spouse has additional coverage? 3) If you looked at my profile you would see that I am 63 years old and do not qualify for Medicare. I ended the letter saying "Why don't you stop stalling and settle this claim?" I haven't heard back from Blue Cross
However today I received a bill for nearly $7000 from Schofield Hand and Bright for the injection of Xiaflex I received on October 27, 2014. This $7000 was in direct contradiction of the amount the office manager at Schofield Hand and Bright said I would be billed. Incensed I wrote the following letter to Schofield Hand and Bright.
There are millions of examples of why we need single-payer health care in this country. This collosal circle jerk involving Schofield, Hand and Bright, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida, and me is just the latest in those millions of examples.
My letter to Schofield Hand and Bright follows: