Cost of office visit shows why we’re going broke

Some time ago, I wrote about this system we have here on Maui that was quite puzzling and I got a reply from a vice president of HMSA who straightened things out. Now I’m again looking at the system for what I consider to be overcharging.

My regular doctor referred me to a specialist for something that wasn’t right with me but nothing that I could be aware of for myself. So, OK, got an appointment and went to see this specialist, whose office is in a building next to the hospital. I spent perhaps 10 minutes there and was given another appointment in three months with things to do in the meantime.

Now I learn that I was charged $429 for that first appointment. Think I’m going back? Not on my life. I’ll cancel. No wonder we’re going broke. Talk about atrocious.

Gordon C. Cockett