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    Default Fees after switching OB - Does this sound right to you???

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    I am 24 weeks pregnant and have run into an issue that is really stressing me out! I decided to switch OBs after my 20-wk appointment -- the 2nd time I met her. I found her manner extremely rushed (all appointments were less than 10 minutes) and cold. I also didn't like that she started talking about induction at my 20 week appointment because the baby was measuring six days big!

    Anyway, her total out-of-pocket charge is $4000 for delivery and everything else and she is demanding $2500 from me. I met with her twice and a midwife once -- all BRIEFLY. Spoke to her on the phone twice (about 2 minutes each). Does this seem right? Can I fight it? Anyone run into an issue like this before? Kind of wishing I went public now... Thanks!

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    I can't see how this is truly acceptable for her to charge you so much. Sorry I'm no help but the only thing I could think of was that maybe she has turned down others as she can only book so many in and now it's left a blank that she would have otherwise filled.

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    I'd find someone else. her fees are ridiculously high.

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    Hi Lovejoypeace,

    Thanks. They did mention this on the phone but the charge seems astronomical for the care I received. Plus my main issue was that it seemed she was overbooked and too busy for me!

    Minchi, I already found a new doctor but her office is saying I owe her.

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    Wow!!! That's enormous I switched today at 21weeks before paying my other ones.

    My new ob is $2200

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    Monnie, can I ask what percentage your original OB charged you for 20 weeks of care?

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    My understanding is that the fee is charged for the 20 week appointment. If you choose not to proceed with an obstetrician they are still allowed to charge you for that appointment if you attended it, even if they will no longer be delivering the baby. Further, you can only claim that item number once through Medicare, so if your next obstetrician charges it (which they almost certainly will) you won't be entitled to any rebates.

    I'm sorry you're experiencing this, but I think she's within her legal rights. Remember that she may have turned down another patient to have you on her books.

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    My fees weren't charged until 24 weeks so I don't know I am having the other ob call back on Monday (who I switched from)

    They are their fill ins though

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    It may be similar to the way my ob charged;

    1st appt-60
    then at 20 weeks $2500
    then $500 in the final few weeks.

    I didnt pay for individual appointments like other I know.

    seems a bit rich for her to charge that much when you only saw her a couple of times!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lambjam View Post
    My understanding is that the fee is charged for the 20 week appointment. If you choose not to proceed with an obstetrician they are still allowed to charge you for that appointment if you attended it, even if they will no longer be delivering the baby. Further, you can only claim that item number once through Medicare, so if your next obstetrician charges it (which they almost certainly will) you won't be entitled to any rebates.

    I'm sorry you're experiencing this, but I think she's within her legal rights. Remember that she may have turned down another patient to have you on her books.
    Exactly this! You would have received forms stating how her changes are calculating. She is within her right to charge you what she has. And to be fair obs are very busy, many are hard to get into so she most likely did turn down someone else to accompany yourself op.


 

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