Clinic price antics aren’t fair to patients or insurers
I went to a doctor’s surgery today and I have had the same thing done here before fairly recently. I came to settle my bill, which I pay and then claim through the provider – and it was three times the previous cost. I immediately disputed this. It seems they were trying to put it through a different provider than the one I am covered with as a cash payment… I was using my bank card. When I arrived I was told there would be a discount. Suddenly when I raised the price query the discount was no longer available and also by using my insurance company the bill plummeted to one third. Seemingly attitudes that the insurers will cough up! The girl told me they would put it through ‘differently’. I’m really not sure what was going on but readers be aware that this isn’t how it works… The insurance companies wouldn’t be impressed and premiums will rise even further if billing is not correct, putting further pressure on the employers providing us with cover in the first place as a legal requirement. Patient Confusion Dubai If you are a regular reader of 7DAYS Letters, you’ll know that road safety, or rather the lack of it, is a hot topic. Typically, writers will chastise individuals, groups, nations and even whole continents about the poor standard of their driving. However, let me share a couple of statistics with you. Firstly, in Dubai there are about 1.5 million vehicles on the road. Secondly, last year Dubai Police recorded 3.9 million offences. That is 2.6 offences per car. My point is that we are all bad drivers. Every single one of us. “What?” I can hear you shouting in unison. “Rubbish,” you’re saying, “I am a good driver.” No, you’re not. Every single one of us performs acts of bad driving each day on the road, whether we undertake, speed, tailgate, fail to indicate, cut someone up, drive in the wrong lane, refuse to let someone in or park illegally. If you don’t believe me then pay close attention to your driving for the next 24 hours and you’ll be surprised. I did and I was. So what’s the answer? Well, firstly we have to accept that we cannot change how other people drive. So, we need to look at what we can change – ourselves. If every one of us drove more carefully then Dubai’s roads would transform overnight, as would the number of accidents and fatalities. Of course, there will always be drivers who don’t care about their safety or others. They will continue to tailgate, undertake or use the hard shoulder no matter what. However, they are the minority. We are the majority. And it is the majority that is making the roads dangerous and putting your life at risk every time you get in the car. How can I be sure? Well, do you know what the number one cause of fatal accidents was last year? Not speeding or tailgating, it was changing lanes without indicating. Are you telling me you have never done that?