02 May 2007

You can't win if you don't buy a ticket

Well, here's a place I honestly never expected to see myself on. Yay Cyclesista! What an awesome idea, and kudos to Meg, Beth, Bea, Jenny and Lut who maintain the site.

In other news, here's where I wish I had more readers, because I think this important. When you visit your clinic, ask to meet with the financial person at the clinic. Ask them if they give any kind of discount. Hubby just recently discovered, in a conversation with one of the RE's who is part owner of our clinic, that they will, at their discretion, give discounts to patients who show a need. The clinic doesn't advertise that fact, and they don't volunteer that information to patients, but when Hubby was mentioning our frustration at having had to wait because we just couldn't afford another cycle, and then brought up our problems with not finding work, etc., our RE told us to speak with the financial advisor.

Based on our 2006 taxes, the clinic has given us a bit of a discount. Because of that discount, we can now afford to do a fourth cycle, if we need to. Hubby was told we would have qualified for a bigger discount based on our 2005 taxes. Now, lest you think to yourself, "why didn't they say anything?" we did. Sorta. We said it was too expensive to do another cycle. We said we didn't have the money. How many times do clinics hear that every day? But we never fully explained our situation, and WE NEVER ASKED FOR A DISCOUNT.

Ask for one. Explain your finances, and then ask for a discount. What's the worst that will happen? The clinic says no? So what? They might just say yes.

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At 2/5/07 8:24 p.m., Blogger Karen said...

That's interesting. I know that my clinic has been known to give breaks on cycles (particularly repeat cycles after failed cycles) on a discretionary basis, but I don't think I've heard of them having a policy of discounts based on need. (My insurance covered a good portion of my treatment, so we wouldn't have had that excuse regardless)

At 3/5/07 5:08 a.m., Blogger Bea said...

That is interesting. Good for you guys.


At 3/5/07 6:28 p.m., Blogger ellie said...

You can also ask for the insurace rates and sometimes they will give it to you at their agreed on rates. Glad that it is all working out for you!


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