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12/19/2013
By: awyatt951
Sunshein Podiatry Associates
So, he's got his own store in the clinic. I understand that private practices need to make money other ways besides insurance companies - I worked in a private practice before. But NONE of the options he recommended were options that my insurance would cover. His first recommendation was for a $500 laser procedure that would be just as effective as a pill, but he said he does not prescribe the pills anymore because they have "possible" side effects like kidney damage. ANY medication will give you kidney damage if you take more than you're supposed to, and I didn't take him as the type of doctor who would prescribe more than the necessary amount. My point, NO I'M NOT COMING OUT OF POCKET $500 FOR A PROCEDURE MY INSURANCE DOESN'T COVER WHEN YOU COULD EASILY PRESCRIBE ME SOMETHING JUST AS EFFECTIVE THAT MY INSURANCE WILL COVER. In fact he TOLD me that the prescription I needed would most likely not be covered by my insurance and would cost about $200, whereas HIS other products would only be $36/each. Well, I pay for insurance for a reason. There was no reason for me to come out of pocket for anything. So I didn't. I told the receptionist to wait before scheduling a follow up appointment until his assistant came back from Dr. Sunshein with a prescription for what will help my problem. I got that prescription. I didn't cost me a DIME. And I can already see it start to work. So by all means, sell your stuff if it works. I'm glad it works. I'm glad for you that it sells. But don't you EVER think of me as so stupid that I'd buy something simply because I'm scared my insurance might not pay for an alternative that doesn't make you any more money out of me. I know what my insurance covers and what it doesn't. And I'm sorry they probably don't pay you as much as you'd like, but find a way to MARKET your products. Don't push them on people who don't want them. I will most definitely be going somewhere else.
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Examples of podiatric specialties include orthopedics, primary care, sports medicine, surgery, podopediatrics​, and wound care and management.
Podiatrists can perform surgery on the foot, ankle, and related lower extremity structures. These procedures can range from noninvasive to reconstructive.
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