Dec 11, 2012 - 11:06 am
OK, here is one for those in trials, and for our beloved lawyers. Remember that I've made lots of jokes but none about lawyers.
"You will be responsible for regular copayments associated with your office visits through your insurance company. The study drug, study-related procedures, and study visits will be provided at no charge to you or your insurance company."
So, since spring, I have been billed thousands of dollars for my care. So I disputed the bills but I have paid them because the bills had been turned over to a collections agency and I don't want my credit rating ruined. Now, I keep fighting with Smilow cancer hospital of Yale that the bills should be going to Bristol Meyers Squibb and not me. I do want Yale to be paid and BMS should be more than happy to pay them. For one, that is the agreement. 2, I am proving that this drug is going to make them millions and millions of dollars.
How can I be wrong? They say that I misunderstand the agreement, that it is confusing and that I am wrong. So after no luck with their billing dept., I have gone above them to hospital administration with my perspective. I am waiting for a decision but expect that they will not support my claim. So I am preparing for a fight.
I would never have had a hesitation to pay for all my care if I knew MDX-1106 would save my life. It's not the money. I want that to be clear. I contend they are not billing properly. I expect that the Yale lawyers will bang their heads together for awhile and determine that "at no charge" really means that it costs money. They don't seem to understand their own billing process.
So, has anyone else been given a bait and switch? And what would be the contract law perspective? I don't want to risk my participation in the trial. I want the billing to be corrected and then be reimbursed. Why should that be an issue? I have the support from my caregivers at the cancer center just not the billing dept. I think they are being lazy.I am standing my ground until proven wrong.