My mother got a bill from a mental health nurse practitioner she visited two weeks ago. The facility accepts Medicare. The bill was for $250, which seemed like a very high co-pay to me. There was no inclusion of anything to do with insurance. There was simply a line that had the charge and instructions on how to pay. I know Medicare can take about a month to pay, so I wonder if they have even received anything back from them yet. They did include a line in one of their intake forms that if insurance was slow to pay, then the patient would be billed for the entire amount. Two weeks seems a bit fast, though, when it comes to Medicare.
Do you think the $250 is the entire bill or does it sound more like a co-pay? To me it sounds like the entire bill for the nurse practitioner. If it is a co-pay I'll know to avoid psychiatric help. Who could afford that type a bill twice a month!