Hi - I’m a 35 year old T1D living in MA insured by BCBS MA. I’ve been seeing an endocrinologist affiliated with Brigham and Women’s hospital for 8 eight years (different docs at different sites, but same organization nonetheless). Of the billing statements for the last three visits to my current endo, the two most recent ones (for July and December) included a charge called “outpatient clinic visit - hospital,” in addition to the co-pay I am responsible for as part of the “professional services” fee. After researching this for hours, it appears that most endos in the area work in some kind of “outpatient” or “center for specialty care” setting of a hospital, which means there’s little chance of my finding an endo who I can visit without having to pay an additional “hospital fee” (which right now is close to $175… and at visits every three months, that adds up. My deductible is $1,000). Anyone here from MA or Nashua, NH area who has found an endo with a private practice where you don’t have to pay that extra “outpatient clinic hospital visit” fee?
ALSO - WHY IS HEALTHCARE THIS COMPLICATED?!?!?!!!