People on buprenorphine or Suboxone often write to me with complaints about lab testing. I received an email last week that mirrors my personal experience with lab testing companies.
Here is what it said:
I thought you might find this interesting. I continue to see (name withheld) for addiction treatment using buprenorphine. I see the doctor every three months, and I’m prescribed a low dose of Suboxone film (below 4 mg per day). I recently got an insurance denial for over $2000 in lab charges, for ONE urine test! Evidently someone sent my tests to (lab name withheld for patient privacy) who billed for 23 tests! This is on a test that was negative for any substances other than the proper amount of buprenorphine. This is like a license to print money! The same thing happened three or four years ago with (a National lab provider), but that was ‘only’ $600 and it eventually got written off. I have no idea if (withheld) will come after me– but there is no way I’ll pay them a dime.
Is there any wonder health costs are so out of control? How can a company get away with this? I have a feeling this is just routine and someone on the staff sent it by mistake as after the first incident with the other lab. My doctor doesn’t usually send my tests into a lab, but instead just does the immune point-of-care test in the office.