ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND -- This clinic ‘Key West Crossing Dental Associates’ is a not an honest business practice. Before the 1st appointment, they insisted people to download and fill out some on-line forms, and fax to them, otherwise, they won’t keep the appointment, not like other clinics you can bring in the forms on the appointment day. I felt suspicious, but regretfully I ignore my instance due to my desperation and busy schedule, so I sent in the forms.
Then on 1st appointment day, they want to take my picture (something like ID picture when you go to the MVA), I asked them why, because from my past experience I’ve never known any dentist taking patient’s picture, they said so the doctor can recall who the patient is easier when they read the chart, I let them took my picture, but felt kind worried, they got all my personal info like SSN, DOB, address and job, etc., now they my picture, if their data got compromised by ID theft, it would be really bad.
Anyway, the 1st appointment is for regular cleaning, they do many extra things compared to other dentists I’ve visited, so I asked the assistant because I’m not sure my insurance will cover all those things, she told me they check the insurance and it’s all covered. When the cleaning is done, the dentist said I got 2 cavities need to be filled, so I made next appointment at the counter, they want me to pay $8, I thought that’s co-pay or some 1st time deductible.
When I went back for the cavity filling, the dentist did the root canal; he said he can’t be sure from the x-ray until he drilled in, the tooth isn’t aching, so he started explaining sometimes the nerve is dying, so I don’t feel pain. Here’s my 2nd mistake (or ignorance again), I should have told him not to proceed and seek for 2nd opinion, not just put my trust in him. Anyway, when it’s done, the receptionist made the next appointment and want me to pay $337 according to insurance co-pay chart (total charge is $771) right away, and my previous balance (for cleaning) is $361, so my balance due is $795, I’m quite shocked, so I asked the receptionists which items my insurance covered or not covered, and said they should have send the estimation request to the insurance before the root canal, they coldly said they don’t know nothing, and the root canal is done, so I need to pay the money.
After I got home, I went on-line to check it they file the claim, unbelievably the total claim for the cleaning is $361, my insurance only covers $169. The total claim for the 2nd visit is $763 including a $65 oral /facial photo not covered by my insurance at all. And after 2 visits, I found the $8 is so called 'OSHA Compliance Fee', nothing to do with the insurance, just this terrible clinic charge people on every visit.
Here comes the worst, they got this automatic phone system doing the appointment confirmation, pre-recorded message is played and ask you to press touch token key 1 to confirm, that’s all, no way to cancel the appointment over the phone. So when I got the reminder call, I plan to cancel the appointment, since there’s no way to cancel it during this reminder call, I have to make another call after the reminder call, unfortunately I got carried away and forgot. When I finally remembered and called them to cancel the appointment, they told me I have signed the paper agreement saying more than 24 ‘BUSINESS’ hours notice to cancel an appointment or there is a fee of $50 for up to the 1st hour of the appointment and $50 for each additional hour, the aforementioned fees also apply to the missed or broken appointment, so I have to pay $75 fine, I canceled the appointment, but 2nd thought, I might just keep the appointment, go there and tell them I can’t stay.
I sent the complaint to my insurance company and BBB, but I really want to share the story and let people know to be careful, not to get involved with this clinic ‘Key West Crossing Dental Associates’.