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Unnecessary OBGYN visits

By Anonymous March 27, 2010 - 3:34pm
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I saw my doctor for a regular visit/pap smear last June. Then, a few months later, my relationship with my boyfriend progressed to the point where we both felt we could trust each other enough to stop using condoms, and move on to using birth control pills. I called my doctor to get a prescription for the specific pill I used to take for years. I was told I would have to come in for a visit. I came in, she measured my blood pressure, asked if I have any questions and gave me my prescription. The whole visit took maybe five minutes. She also told me I would have to get my blood pressure measured and report it back to her office after three months to make sure everything is ok.

I am 28 and my blood pressure is 119/86, which is perfectly normal from what I understand. That has also been the norm for me for as long as I've had it measured. The doctor's office is now refusing to call in my prescription unless I *come in* for another visit so they can measure it, and I think it is ridiculous. My health insurance only allows two wellness visits per year, which were already used up on this exact office. If I come in again, I'd get billed around $300 just to have them measure my perfectly normal blood pressure. I think they just want to bill for another visit, there is no other reason for this.

So. What do I do next?

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Dear Anon,

I completely agree with what Susan has told you. If it comes down to it, call your doctors office to explain your situation and tell them that you can go in for a simple blood pressure reading and to pick up your prescription. If they give you grief over this, I would opt for a low cost clinic as Susan suggested that can give you the official print out of your BP.

Another thing I'd like to mention is that a BP of 119/86 is actually very borderline of what is considered "normal". It used to be that 120/80 was the standard but it is now bordering on the high end of the spectrum and that may be why she is concerned about your BP-- so lets at least give her credit for being efficient.

Hope you get this solved and able to get your prescription safely.

March 28, 2010 - 7:18pm
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