Please everyone, don’t go to Algone office, ever, for anything. I was referred by my chiropractor in the same office space to have them check my wrist to see if it was tendinitis, carpal tunnel or a cracked bone and amazingly.
After 45 minutes with a guy wiggling my wrist, and a statement of “it’s tendinitis, it will heal on it’s own or you can come back & get a cortisone shot.”
I left knowing I would just have to wait for it to heal. Imagine my surprise when the bill came in.
Your “policy’ is to take a urine sample before you see the doctor & they run every test under the sun which they tell you is few panels they by policy have to run.
They DO NOT feel it is necessary to tell you that cost is incredibly expensive or even what it’s for other than a “panel.”
Now that i have received the bill, I know the panel includes the following: Amphetamines ($200.00), Methylphenidate ($500.00), Methadone ($230.00), opiates ($842.00), Oxycodone ($400.00), Buprenorphine ($392.00), Fentanyl ($200.00), Tramadol ($175.00), Tapentad ($100.00), Gabapentin ($200.00), Drug Screening Pregabal ($50.00), Antidepressant Tricycli ($265.00), Sedative Hypnotice ($150.00), Heroin ($200.00), Cocaine ($96.00), Phencyclidine ($150.00), and Methylenedioyamphetami ($250.00).
Total for those required tests is (wait for it): $4,600.00 and then add in the first 45 minute appointment with the doctor who turns out to be a PA is $575.00 (must be a brilliant PA) and your first bill is $5,175.00.
But wait, there’s more (thank you Phil Harvey) – you additionally get charged $60.00 for Creatinine level, $26.00 for Ph Body Fluid Nos, and $1200.00 for drug screen analyzer.
Now your total for your first visit is $6,461.00. After the insurance payments I am still responsible for over $2500 worth of payments. All for someone to give me his opinion that “it will heal.”
Algone Pain Clinic will never get another dime from me, nor will my chiropractor who I have gone to over 5 years. Yes, you cost him my business as well because he referred me to you.
One would think in a reasonable world that this office would wait to run the tests until you decided I needed drugs, which I didn’t want.
Or at least tell me up front you planned on clearing out my savings, so you can make a payment on your Porsche.
If I had gone back for the cortisone shot, would the charge have been my first born son?
Oh wait, I know, it’s not your policy to let people know you are about to take your kid either. Quite the gig you have going on there.