I recently went to my clinic and had labs done for an upcoming physical. Same clinic I've been going to since '72, so I'm not zackly a new customer.
The billing was rejected because they went through my previous insurer (even though I've been to the clinic and had proper billing a half-dozen times since Iast hand this insurer).
Called up the clinic's billing office and they said, roughly, "Oh, we can't do anything about that. Wait until they send you an overdue notice and that should have some contact information on it."
Pardon my French, but are you fucking shitting me?!
(I hasten to add that my insurance runs through my wife's employment at the Stanford Hospital, not Joe's 5-and-dime street clinic.)
Bring on socialized medicine!