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Self-Advocacy

As a doctor, I always advocate for my patients. As a person living with MS, now I have to advocate for myself too.

Are you kidding me? Another $749 out-of-pocket… just for lab tests?

 

It was another unexpected medical bill, even more irritating than usual because I had called the lab before the test was done to clarify the cost. The lab had assured me I would pay no more than $200, even if my insurance company failed to pick up the tab.

 

It was New Year's Eve, after 5 p.m., when I got the bill, so I had to wait until after the holiday for an explanation. Meanwhile I stewed. My deductible was met–it was the end of the year. I didn't even understand what the expensive lab test was. Even with Google and a medical degree (I'm a family doctor), I couldn't figure it out...

 

READ THE REST on the National MS Society's MS Connection Blog.

 

 
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