I’m going to be having surgery in a few weeks, and in order to have paid time off from work during my recovery (estimated at two weeks), I need to submit FMLA (Family & Medical Leave Act) paperwork to my HR department. The FMLA paperwork needs to be filled out and signed by your doctor, detailing your diagnosis, how long your recovery will be, etc.
I just got the paperwork in the mail today from my doctor’s office, and it was attached to a bill for $20.00. It never occurred to me for a single second that asking for a few words and a signature would be a billable practice.
The way I see it, this falls into the same category as filing my insurance claim (he’s a participating provider, so his office will handle all of the insurance claim paperwork). IMO, this is a function that their office staff should provide as part of the process of having the surgery, and I’m pretty peeved that they’re going to nitpick me on a $5,000+ surgery over a $20 paperwork fee.
For those of you who have worked in medical offices…is this a standard practice? Has anyone else run across this in getting treatment from their doctor?
I’m I wrong to be annoyed?