Late last year I had an EGD done, and since I didn't have health insurance, I was a self pay patient. I paid up front and was told to expect a bill from an outside anesthesia provider for a few hundred dollars. A few months later I got the bill for about $400, which I paid. In the past month I have gotten another bill for anesthesia from the surgery center where I had the Endoscopy done. They want $650.00 for their CRNA. If this were a legitamate bill, I don't know why they wouldn't have charged me up front along with everything else I paid, or why it took five months to bill me.
My question is this: With a routine EGD, what is a reasonable fee for anesthesia? The cost of my procedure was $1200.00, so paying $1000.00 for such a routine procedure with no complications seems a bit high to me. I am especially suspicous of this place because they tried to bill me $1900.00 for a biopsy that I had already paid $150.00 for. So far, if I had paid them everything they asked for I would have spent $4,600.00 (including doctor fee) for a routine EGD that took about 20 minutes to do.
Sounds a bit fishy to me.
Any thoughts on what a typical fee would be for this procedure? Thanks in advance for any information!
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