Lahey Clinic - Poor Billing Practices

Lahey Clinic is a large hospital organization, just outside Boston.

They have a cozy relationship with the insurance companies. With insurance, consumers can reap advantages - the rates billed are quite low and certainly reasonable.

But Lahey Clinic completely turns a deaf ear when the patient is paying out of their own pocket. Outrageous bills are presented, and they refuse to offer any consideration at all when it is the lone patient asking them to be reasonable.

If the insurance company called, they would slash their rates by a lot. When a patient calls, they say no reduction is possible - and the patient has to pay the highly inflated, outrages list prices. This is a perverted system - there is no way any consumer can make a dent in the way medical system billing occurs in the US.

This is why a single payer system makes far more sense - medical service is not like purchasing cars or furniture - there is no way for the consumer to make any dent in the transactions involving such huge medical enterprises.
And surely if single payer is not acceptable, we can design a system where everyone gets to pay what insurance companies pay for medical treatment? Right now the hospitals soak the people who are not insured - essentially, robbing the self-insured and the uninsured to pay for the insured. Of course, they are also robbing the taxpayers in this system.


Lahey clinic charge several times price on the same treatment

I like lahey clinic doctor. But when look at the bills I have stop my treatment there.
the physical therapist treatment is 200$ per 15 minutes. while in a smaller clinic for the same treatment price without insurance is 70$ per 60 minutes.
the Tdap shot in Lahey clinic is 265$ without insurance and in CVS minute care is only $68.
The price of lahey clinic is around 3 times of other smaller clinics. If you could not pay their bill on time they will handover ou to collection agency without a final notice even. If you ask any discount since you have to pay from your own pocket, the answer is no from their billing department.