My Mom was sent to a specialist because it was suspected her UTI hadn't cleared up. The specialist prescribed an antibiotic which costs $100 a pill (x10 = $1000 to treat her UTI).
This is AFTER insurance paid half. These pills are $200 each. I was floored.
I only find this out because my sister tells me about it. I call Dad and ask why this particular prescription instead of something less expensive. He had no answers so I told him I'd look into it. Luckily, he hadn't picked up the prescription yet.
When I call the specialist, I am told they could not give me any information until Mom called them and gave them permission to share her case with me. I understand such things are private so Mom calls and gives permission.
I call back and the receptionist tells me she'll talk to the nurse for me. Two hours later, the nurse calls me to say Mom's test just got back and it was negative so she'll not need to take the expensive prescription.
I hang up relieved but wish I'd asked:
1. Why was she prescribed something so expensive?
2. Why was she prescribed anything before her test results?
Seriously, has anyone found their parents being taken advantage of? I fear this doctor was getting some kind of benefit for prescribing this particular antibiotic. I'm tempted to call back and see if I can get any answers. It sounds very fishy to me.