What do you guys think of this experience with my Chiropractor?

  • ChicagoSteve

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    Jul 26, 2014 1:52 AM GMT
    I went there recently for a motion xray on my neck. After getting new MRI's on both my right shoulder and neck. I wanted to make sure it was not a neck issue causing the shoulder pain.
    The motion xray is extremely detailed and they take xrays from all angles while having you do various motions. When I was finished and checking out at the reception desk, the girl said "Oh I forgot to tell you this isn't covered by insurance so it will be $500 for today's visit"! I was almost speechless but did tell her I thought patients should be advised in advance. My Chiropractor had not advised me either but I guess I should have asked beforehand but didn't think about it. I ended up just paying it, what choice did I have? But I have decided to not go back there, I thought that was really bad business practice on their part. Anyone had a similar experience?
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    Jul 26, 2014 10:30 PM GMT
    I guess we have to be careful to ask if certain charges are covered or not covered. Chiropractic medicine is pseudo-science and usually just a placebo effect.

    I'm not saying all chiropractors are good, or all bad, but I went to a chiro once because a friend was going. I submitted to a 'test' since I was waiting to drive my friend home. The chiro said I could get a free test to check myself out.... and make sure everything was lined up correctly. I said fine and was put through a series of measurements and stretches. At the end, the chiro said my right shoulder was a bit higher than my left, and he suggested a series of visits for several weeks. I said I hadn't been aware my right shoulder was higher than my left. Oh yes, he said. So I went to the first of my appointments (not covered btw). When I started my 'treatment' the 2nd chiro said it was obvious my "left" shoulder was a bit higher than my right. No, I said, I was told the exact opposite. He said it was showing right there on the chart.

    What a line of crap I'd been fed. They didn't know WHICH shoulder was higher. I went to a real physician and asked him to check it out, since he was my regular doc. He said that neither side was higher. Naturally I cancelled all my future appts. with the chiro. Quack, quack, quack....... What a racket some of them have going. Not saying ALL......
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Jul 27, 2014 1:07 AM GMT
    I agree, some of them will just want you to keep coming back every week or two, that's how they make their money. I guess what shocked me in my case is that my normal visits are covered, I only pay a $35 co-pay so I was completely caught off guard.
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    Jul 28, 2014 2:25 PM GMT
    It's unethical what they did. You're supposed to be told beforehand whether it's covered or not. You should try to get your money back. I would definitely fight it.

    I've been to chiropractors and have been helped by them, but one wanted me to keep going to him forever, even though I was doing well. He explained that I should be adjusted once or twice a week to stay healthy for the rest of my life.icon_rolleyes.gif I had a co-pay which wasn't very big, but still, I thought his reasoning was ridiculous.
  • Destinharbor

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    Jul 28, 2014 4:22 PM GMT
    I know enough sane people who use Chiropractors to assume they do actually do something good but my experience is no one ever seems to be made well by going to one. It seems to require you to empty your bank account into their's routinely. Still, my MD sent me to have an MRI on a tiny lump on my forearm which resulted in a $4,000 bill paid only partially by my insurance so I guess all doctors play the game to an extent. I used to be covered by insurance that paid just about everything so I never asked about cost or cared. Now that I have an individual policy, I do ask and find it almost impossible to get answers. That is the reason the American system is so expensive, 70% higher than anywhere else in the world and measurably less effective at keeping us healthy. I really hoped Obamacare would help and maybe it will in the future. But I really think the only good solution is "Single-payor."
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jul 29, 2014 5:40 AM GMT
    If you requested the test there isn't much you can do. If they just did it and didn't inform you of your out of pocket expense you would not be liable. Ask your attorney if you have one. If not, like Judge Judy says..." Get one!"
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    Aug 01, 2014 12:38 PM GMT
    Every chiropractor I've ever known has been a salesman first.
    They always had a moneymaking scheme going and usually some type of multilevel marketing to sell.
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    Aug 07, 2014 12:10 AM GMT
    Personally, I wouldn't have paid. What are they gonna do...call the cops?

    That's a classic bait-and-switch technique. You owed them nothing.