I received a bill in the mail today from my surgeon, To my surprise I need to pay him a deposit before I have my surgery. They have estimated what the insurance will pay and the deductibles and credit for my wife being a employee in surgery at the hospital. They are requesting that I pay the deposit before my surgery in full. The deposit is $1836.99.
So my question is why am I getting a bill for a deposit before surgery? Is this some new practice that doctors are doing now? For one they didn't even fill the insurance to know what they are going to pay but doing an estimation of what they will pay. Also I have two health insurance policies that I am covered under and they only have one listed. I don't want to pay until after surgery for one, two I don't want to have to pay and then wait for a refund if I am over charged, three if I am overcharged I don't think I would get a refund for the difference in the first place.
This seems odd and fishy to me.
Anyone have an experience like this before??