The fact that I am not typing a bunch of curse words right now is a testimony to my strength as a person. I am so mad I could bite nails.
In September, I went to the dentist and she wanted me to get a bite guard for my teeth. Her office told me my insurance would cover 80% of it. I put down a deposit and picked up the stupid guard 2 weeks later. The guard has never fit properly, and I've been in 3 or 4 times since picking it up to have it "adjusted". Basically, now I don't wear the thing because it makes my teeth hurt more.
Each time I went in for a followup, I asked if I owed any money. The answer was always "no".
Well, yesterday I got a bill for the full amount of the bite guard - nearly $600! Plus a nice service charge for it being "late." (let me say how I don't think so. You can't charge me a late fee for a bill you've never sent me.) And my deposit wasn't reflected on the bill either. Convenient for them.
So I call my insurance company. What's up? They tell me (for the first time I'm ever hearing this) that my employer has put a 1-year waiting period on major dental work. (nice to know I have insurance that I can't use for a year. lovely). Well, the insurer has my start date wrong. When I took the job, I was told I was covered from my first day. Yeah, well, el-cheapos tried to stiff me putting it back a month. If my start date was correct, the year wait would have been met.
ARGH! So you can see what I'll be doing all day. I'm going to start out being nice, but if I get screwed out of this money, I'm going to rip into not only the billing person at the dentist's office, but the dentist. I'm going to get her ass on the phone and make her feel like crap. Then, I'll be finding a new dentist.