Carle Hospital needs to cut the ties with Carle Clinic
ILLINOIS -- I made a huge mistake. I went to Carle Hospital in Urbana. Don't get me wrong, the Hospital isn't the problem.They were great. My insurance took care of their bill 100%. My complaint? Carle Hospital only uses Carle Clinic for labs, x rays, physician services, among other things. I knew I may have a few lab bills and when I would go to Carle Clinic itself, I would have that bill. I had pre-approval for major surgery and because I had that pre-approval, I thought I was covered. After all, why wouldn't I? I did what I was supposed to. Imagine my surprise, within just a few short weeks, I got a major shock. Carle Clinic of Urbana Illinois billed almost the entire HOSPITAL visit (yes, you heard right HOSPITAL VISIT), through Carle Clinic. Carle Clinic did not have a contract with my insurance provider but the hospital did. So what does that mean? I ended up with over $11,000 in medical bills because of how Carle Clinic chose to bill. The fact is, even my surgery was attached to the clinic bill. The surgery was not completed at the Clinic. It was completed at the hospital. Carle Hospital is a good hospital with good nurses and hospitalists. I ask that everyone in this area write to the Attorney General and their representatives of state. A law needs to be instituted in order to prevent Carle Clinic from taking advantage of Carle Hospital Patients. And IF Carle Clinic and Carle Hospital are separate entities as they like to call themselves, then why doesn't Carle Hospital allow other MD's, labs, ectera to go into their hospital to provide health care that is covered under the patient's medical plan? Carle Clinic and Carle Hospital have a monopoly on health care and are putting people with insurance in the poor house or threaten with collection. This hospital is a trauma center for Central Illinois. Fight with me to get the word out that Carle Hospital needs to offer to the community other outside services and put the cancellation on Carle Clinic services and MD's. Carle Clinic and Hospital say they are caring. Look at the millions of dollars they are spending now on building new and improved. They are building on the backs of hard working Americans. They write off those who have no insurance, but those with insurance end up with a raw deal.