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Posted: 5/12/2003 10:09:02 AM EST
Why is it that we put up with people constantly trying to screw us out of money? Went to the eye doctor today. I've been paying vision insurance for a year now, and figured I'd get my damn money's worth. The co-pay for the eye exam is $10 and the co-pay for glasses is $25. I brought in an old pair of frames, and when I made my appointment, I told them that I just wanted some new lenses. Total cost should be $35. I had the appointment with him and he looked at my eyes and determined my prescription. We talked a little bit, he asked me if I normally wore glasses, and I told him I just wear them for watching TV or reading at night after I take my contacts out. He asked me some questions about what kind of contacts I wear, and he mentioned that I might want to get some that were more gas permeable. He mentioned that there were some new brands out that had a higher content of water. Then I went and talked with the Optometrist. My insurance covers getting new frames, but I only went in to get new lenses for a pair of frames I already had. I have 2 pairs of frames, and one is very old and the lenses hardly help at all, the other is newer and is the one I wear at night. I just didn't see the sense in getting another pair of frames when I liked the ones I had just fine. I could tell that she wanted me to get another pair. She tried every angle she could. My insurance covers up to $120 in frames, and if I didn't pick out a pair, then the office just misses out on that money. I didn't really want another pair though. That would mean I'd have 3 pairs of glasses. 2 seems like plenty. She tried to explain that it was a better deal for me if I got a new pair of frames. I didn't buy that either though. Either way it's a $25 co-pay, and the gay looking frames they had there probably wouldn't fit my oversized head. I didn't feel like going through the humiliation of trying on pair after pair only to find out that each pair was too small. Finally she relented. But as she was filling out the form, she kept trying to sell me anti-reflective coatings and scratch resistent lenses, and ultrathin materials for the lenses. Each thing was extra and not covered by my insurance. Jeez, it gets so damned old. I felt like a cheap ass, but really I've paid my insurance for a year, and just want to pay my $35 in co-pay and get out. Finally she just put me down for a pair of glasses. I went to pay, and with the $10 eye exam co-pay and the $25 glasses co-pay I should have a $35 bill right? Nope, it's $47.50. So where'd this $12.50 come from? I almost blow it off. $12.50 isn't a hell of a lot of money, but goddamn, why am I getting charged extra. As the cashier reaches for my card, I pull it back and ask what the deal is. Remember when the eye doctor mentioned that I might want to get gas permeable contacts? Well, I guess his idle chatter turned out to be a "contact lenses consultation". What I thought was a conversation about contact lenses was a freaking consultation. The cashier again reaches for my card, but I pull it away again. "Let me talk to the Doctor" I tell her. Out he comes, and in an overly audible voice goes on and on about how our discussion was a consultation and it was necessary because when I order contact lenses from them, it'll be important information for them to know about. I shake my head and remind him that I'm just here for glasses. That's all. I brought in my frames, and I want new lenses. Why is that so hard? Eventually he tells me that they'll not charge me for the consultation until I order contacts from them. I think we both knew that I would not be ordering them from him. It was only $12.50, but I am just so sick of people tacking on charges everywhere I go... Shawn
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Link Posted: 5/12/2003 10:35:25 AM EST
Gawd 656,that sounds like a really obnoxious experience. I'm glad you didn't pay. I guess it would never occure to them to tell you that they'll be charging you for a 2 minute conversation that THEY brought up.......Eh?[rolleyes] Stinkin bastards!!
Link Posted: 5/12/2003 10:35:37 AM EST
I feel your pain,I'am getting tired of the same old B.S. myself.
Link Posted: 5/12/2003 10:43:58 AM EST
srv656s, I'm glad you stood up to him. Most people would accept an overcharge or not even notice it. It's people like that idiot who breed distrust for small business owners. I can justify a bill down to the last penny for a customer, and none of it will be for some pissant, two-minute conversation billed as a "consultation". Probably why I'll never be wealthy, but at least I'll be able to look myself in the mirror every morning.
Link Posted: 5/12/2003 10:55:36 AM EST
Good for you. Might make the prick think twice before trying to hose the next guy.
Link Posted: 5/12/2003 10:59:28 AM EST
Good job, that is bullshit, happens everywhere. Well done.
Link Posted: 5/12/2003 11:07:03 AM EST
I had the EXACT same thing happen to me! The doctor initiated a discussion on contacts, I refused - then the fucker tried to BILL ME for his two-minute sales pitch!!!! [stick] Same result - they waived the charge... as a "courtesy". [b]Fuckers!!![/b] [;D]
Link Posted: 5/12/2003 11:11:02 AM EST
Most people become Optometrists these days for money. So, in turn,most of them are assholes. But the stress my dad has to go through is insane, him being an Optometrist. The BS he has to put with in a single is just incredible.
Link Posted: 5/12/2003 11:34:04 AM EST
It's like that at the freakin dentist these days. Now with the better toothpastes and flouride treatments leading to fewer cavities, they have to think up other shit to find wrong and charge you for. I was there about 2 weeks ago and they start saying something about maybe needing "gum grafts" because my gum line is a millimeter lower than it ideally should be. Screw that! I asked why this is the first time they talked about this and she said they just started testing for this. The hell with that!
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Link Posted: 5/12/2003 12:05:51 PM EST
Did he try to give you a reach around at least?
Link Posted: 5/12/2003 12:07:54 PM EST
I've spent more on glasses and an eye doctor visit than I spent on guns and shooting in the past year. You are very lucky you're one of the few that has health insurance that helps cover that type of thing.z
Link Posted: 5/12/2003 12:08:51 PM EST
Originally Posted By Jarhead_22: They fuck you at the drive through.
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They fuck you with cell phones too.
Link Posted: 5/12/2003 12:11:58 PM EST
Originally Posted By okrobocop: Did he try to give you a reach around at least?
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Link Posted: 5/12/2003 1:03:08 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/12/2003 1:05:58 PM EST by Kar98]
Originally Posted By srv656s: anti-reflective coatings and scratch resistent lenses, and ultrathin materials for the lenses.
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I quite agree with your rant about sales pitches and mostly useless stuff they are trying to sell, but I got all of the above, plus light-sensitive tinted lenses from Zeiss. Looks great and makes a non-dorky lifestyle possible in first place ;) It's either coke bottle bottom glasses for me, or mega-bucks. I decided to shell out the money and never regretted it: $850 every 3 years ain't so bad.
Link Posted: 5/12/2003 1:39:35 PM EST
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