UCLA Medical Center: Reverse unfair billing of $600 for a "free" routine physical exam
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UCLA Medical Center: Reverse unfair billing of $600 for a "free" routine physical exam

    1. Petition by

      Chloe Reynolds

      Berkeley, CA

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December 2012

Victory

Chloe Reynolds: Thanks to everyone who signed this petition, UCLA refunded me the full $600 that I was erroneously charged for a "free" physical exam. Thank you, friends!

Don't let big business trample the rights of health patients to fair billing.  Please sign this petition asking UCLA to reimburse me in full for a physical exam that I was charged hundreds of dollars for due to a billing error.

UCLA Medical Center submitted the bill for my routine physical to my insurance company as a "hospital visit", causing my co-pay to go from $0 (for a physical) to $600 (for a hospital visit).  My insurance company assured me they would pay the bill in full, as my policy says they would, if UCLA would resubmit the doctor's visit bill as a doctor visit (which it was) instead of a hospital visit.  UCLA refused to resubmit the charge correctly to my insurance company, claiming it was "impossible."  Instead, UCLA continued to send me bills to needlessly pay hundreds of dollars out of pocket for an appointment that was should have been 100% covered by my insurance. 

UCLA Medical Center eventually threatened to send my account to collections, a move which would jeopardize my credit and home-buying ability for the next 7 years.  I begrudgingly paid the UCLA bill to avoid that but want to be reimbursed.  It is only fair.  I have spent months trying to correct this matter with UCLA directly to no avail. 

Don't let big business trample the rights of health patients to fair billing.  Please sign this petition asking UCLA to reimburse me in full for my physical exam that I was charged hundreds of dollars for, simply due to a flaw in UCLA's internal billing system.

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    • Devon Marks BROCKPORT, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      They owe you that money. It is not "impossible" to reverse the claim and bill it correctly, unless they simply let too much time go by (or otherwise incompetant). If they do NOT reimburse you they have billed your claim fraudulantly and you could possibly take it to small claims court, but a lawyer fee would cost $. It would be much simpler for them to write it off, since it was THEIR error in the first place.

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    • Margaret Jamison THOMSON, GA
      • almost 2 years ago

      If UCLA made a mistake and refused to resubmit the bill to the insurance company and instead bullied the patient into paying a bill she did not owe, then UCLA is accepting money for a hospital visit that did not occur is no different than FRAUD. It happens in the healthcare system all the time.

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    • David Farris INDIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      That's whack. A total abuse of power. Stick it to them, Chloe!

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    • Hosung Sohn ALBANY, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      $600 is too high!!

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    • Sarah Whitlock NEEDHAM, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      This is simply unethical. A doctor's visit should never cost a person $600.

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