insurance and reading the monitor
I received my PM on an emergency basis and got assigned the cardiologist who was on duty that day in a hospital an hour from where I live. I've been satisfied with his care so far. But I recently realized that every quarter when my home monitor uploads my information, and I get a report via the patient portal associated with his office, I am getting charged $50 each time as an insurance co-pay, the same I would have to pay if I visited his office in person. $200 a year for not even seeing him FTF, in other words.
I can't find where this has been discussed before, so I'd like to ask, does your doctor charge you for interpreting the monitor readings? Is this standard practice in the U.S.'s lousy insurance system?
This dr. is in my insurance network, so that's not an extra charge for being out of network. Suggesting I find a different cardiologist would be a problem; when you live in a small town there aren't that many options. This particular doctor's office is an hour away when I do have to see him FTF.
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