This is truly outrageous. I was referred to Dr. Danielle M. Walker by my lovely OBGYN who works in the same office across the way.
I’ve been in need of a good general/primary doctor ever since I moved to SF nearly 5 years ago.
My first, and sadly only visit was a few weeks ago, I had a cough which lasted more than a week. Dr. Walker told me it was bronchitis, therefore viral and so there was nothing she could do to help.
She asked if anything else was wrong, I told her I’ve has some neck pain and she suggested stretching, and maybe physical therapy.
Not the first time I’ve heard that “advice”, but okay. This visit took no more than 20 minutes.
Three weeks later, I’m charged $526 for this visit.
I have a HDHP medical plan, so I was fully aware I’d be paying the full cost of the visit, but $526 for a 20 minute visit in which I got nothing from is truly ridiculous.
I emailed their billing, and was told that the visit was classified as a Level 4 (out of 5), so that’s why it’s going to cost so much.
This bs classification is apparently based on ” length of visit, and severity “…neither of which should be considered level 4 out of 5.
If you don’t have a HDHP plan, I’m sure you can afford to see Dr. Walker. For the rest of us, I guess we’re just screwed. I love getting ripped off!