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    A few months ago my son had a fever and was producing ketones so I called my endo to get help with insulin dosing. Today I received a bill in the mail for $23 for the "5-10 minute medical consultation." I'm wondering if anyone else has an endo that bills for dosing advice. I didn't even speak with the endo himself but one of the nurse practitioners. The practice also charges $5/page for any forms you ask them to fill out for school, etc and $20 if you would like the A1c done by finger prick (A1c done by blood draw is free).

    We had recently switched from seeing a physican at our local Children's Hospital to this private endocrinologist that came very highly recommended. I feel like, however, I am being nickle and dimed.
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    DD, age 7, dx'd 3/09, MDI
    DS #1, age 5, dx'd 9/09, MDI
    DS #2, age 3, non-D

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    Wow. That seems crazy to me to charge for a phone call! I can email our endo anytime and get advice as well. However, we are charged for the fingerstick A1C in the office, if we choose to do it that way. I think we pay $25 for that.
    Stephanie

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    My endo doesn't do fingerstick A1cs. You can do them yourself for about $12 if you buy the A1c now from Bayer at Walgreens.

    He does not charge for phone consultations.
    -Jonah
    dx age 17, now 25
    on Lantus for 7 years; on minimed 530 G since 12/7/13

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    No, we don't get charged for phone calls or emails. Or for papers being filled out.

    I'd change endo's just for that reason.. . they are nickle and diming you (and probably your insurance company) over silly little things.
    K, 9.5yrs, dx 1/06 @35months
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoWithType1 View Post
    A few months ago my son had a fever and was producing ketones so I called my endo to get help with insulin dosing. Today I received a bill in the mail for $23 for the "5-10 minute medical consultation." I'm wondering if anyone else has an endo that bills for dosing advice. I didn't even speak with the endo himself but one of the nurse practitioners. The practice also charges $5/page for any forms you ask them to fill out for school, etc and $20 if you would like the A1c done by finger prick (A1c done by blood draw is free).

    We had recently switched from seeing a physican at our local Children's Hospital to this private endocrinologist that came very highly recommended. I feel like, however, I am being nickle and dimed.
    Endo does not, no, and it would irritate me and cause me to change MD's if so. A big part of their service is NOT about office visits but about being available for tweaks and changes. It would not be reasonable in my mind for a pedi endo to charge like that.

    I did, however, have a pediatrician who charged for phone consults. When you called after hours it was clearly told to you that if you chose to have a nurse or Dr. return your call that you would be charged, so there were never any surprises. It irritated me somewhat but I also think it was self preservation on their part...it cut down hugely on nonsense calling and kept phone consults to things that truly needed medical input.

    I would question as to why you were not informed ahead of time about this.

    ~Nancy~
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    19 year old son diagnosed T1 2/5/10, pumping Tslim beginning 7/13 ; Dexcom on occasion. Animas Ping 10/10-7/13. College student August 2013.
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    Nope. We aren't charged for any communications outside of the quarterly visits. That seems ridiculous to me--you had a real need.

    I had a friend whose pediatrician began to charge for after hours calls that could have waited. I can understand charging if somebody is calling about something that could wait. I too would consider changing endos. Charging for every little thing tells me that his priority is possibly more on money than my kid's health.
    Lynn
    Mom to Nathan
    Born 5-22-03
    Diagnosed 2-7-06
    Pumping with Cozmo

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    No additional charges for us.
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    We are not charged for phone calls or emails. That does seem like nickle and diming. I would not be happy myself with that kind of service. After all they already are paid so much for a visit. Is this endo a lawyer too???!
    Kristen
    Mom to 3 wonderful kids!
    Kelly age:23 non-d
    Patrick age: 22 non-d
    Caitlin age: 13 D, Dx'd 5/19/11
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    We're not charged for that sort of thing.
    Last edited by Lisa P.; 07-12-2011 at 07:01 AM. Reason: tmi

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    We are not charged either. However, I have not spoken to the providers but rather the CDE's for dose changes, etc. I do believe there is a charge for an A1C done by fingerstick at the appointment. Our first follow up appointment is this week, so I will know for sure by then, but I have heard they charge for it done in the office.
    Mom to DS, 11
    Diagnosed 3/2011 with Type 1
    Pump: MM Revel 12/2011, Omnipod 3/2013
    MM CGM 3/2012, Dexcom G4 3/2013

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