— Jane Thynne (@janethynne) March 5, 2014
Both Homelanders and Americansabroad and especially those subject to the 3.8% Obamacare surtax will find the article referenced in this tweet to be of interest. It includes:
I recently went for a routine blood test as part of my yearly physical and went back to the same lab I had been going to for the same test the last few years. This time however, after handing over my insurance card, I was told they were no longer an “in-network provider” for my health insurance carrier (my carrier is one of the biggest in the country). At first, I didn’t care since my insurance plan allows me to see any provider, in-network or not. The difference is in the co-pay. No co-pay for the blood test with an in-network provider, a co-pay for out of network.
Given that the temperature outside was around 4F (-15.6C) with -10F (-23.3C) wind chills I was inclined to stay where I was and fork over what I thought would be a $25 or $50 co-pay. I figured that in the time it took to put on my sweater, scarf, coat, hat, gloves and warm up the car, I could stay where I was and just be done with it.
So I asked the administrator what the co-pay would be. She said she couldn’t tell me since she didn’t have my specific plan information, but she could tell me the cost of the blood test and the co-pay would probably be in the 20-30% range. I asked her to look it up since I had decided to stay and get it over with. Until she told me the cost of the blood test: $1,132.