Today I got a phone call from a parent whose child I tested recently. He didn't qualify for services through the schools but had some minor speech sound errors. I let her know that a private clinic might treat them, although they aren't covered by the school as educationally necessary. So today she called to ask if I'd be interested in treating him privately, and since her insurance didn't cover it she would be willing to self pay.
I know the policy is that we can't provide services to students who are on our caseload. But since he isn't a student I'm providing services to, I wasn't sure whether it was okay or not. I asked and my boss didn't know either, but she asked the director who said it was a definite conflict of interest. The grapevine tells me someone was apparently fired in the past for using the same job I have as a way to recruit clients for a private practice (badmouthing the services the district would provide for free and promising to do it better, for pay) it's just too fine a line to walk.
Ugh, I'm so annoyed people have to ruin things for everyone. That's totally not what happened in this case but I can see how the perception might be questioned. But it's a shame because I figured if I see him weekly I could earn enough (cash pay) to pay for half the cost of my IUI or possibly more, depending what the going rate is here. I could really use the money, and this would be such an easy kid and I could have started right away. I know I can always take other kids - but I'd have to FIND them first and they wouldn't be ready to go, like this kid would. Plus they might not be so easy. So frustrated, while flattered the mom asked me in the first place. Oh, well. I won't risk losing my job over it.
Then I stopped at the pharmacy to pick up my clomid prescription and had the following conversation.
Me: I have a prescription under the name (my last name) (spelled out last name).
Little Girl: What's the name?
Me: (my last name)
Little Girl: Can you spell it?
Me (thinking OMG - I just did and it is spelled EXACTLY the way it sounds) (spelling it patiently)
Little Girl: And what's the last name?
Me: That was the last name (thinking, which is extremely unusual and nothing like a first name).
Little girl - hands me prescription.
Me - get out my debit card
Little Girl: Oh, there's no cost because it's covered by your insurance.
Me: No, it's most certainly not covered by my insurance. It is the clomid, right?
She checks, looks puzzled, talks to someone, comes back.
Apparently it is free because it's not a full prescription. I'm supposed to take two pills per day for 5 days (10 pills total) and they only had 5 pills. Which totally confuses me, because last time it was in a bubble sheet with 10 pills on it, premeasured. How they only had half of that available seems really weird. So they ended up giving me a 2 day supply and she was going to let me walk out of there without telling me that I only had a 2 day supply. I am apparently supposed to pay full price when I come back to pick up the rest.
So, I pointed out to her that I would have appreciated knowing when she first gave it to me that it was only 2 days of my 5 day supply. I don't mind that they only had 5 pills - what I mind is that they didn't tell me it wasn't a full prescription. She just looked blank and said, "but I didn't know." But isn't that her job? It didn't say anywhere it was covered by insurance. She just made that part up because she couldn't be bothered to read the print-out from the pharmacist, which explained the whole thing. Then I asked her when they would have the rest of my prescription available and she said she thought it would be tomorrow.
I am so sick of this pharmacy! They totally suck. And what if I start the Clomid but can't finish because they can't get the other pills? If I take half the dose it will completely screw up my cycle. I REALLY needed to know that before starting the prescription. I will go insane if they don't have it tomorrow.
Last edited by Gwenn; 03-07-2012 at 06:19 PM.
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