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do the chiropractor must tell me how much my treatment will cost ? in most case there is a 10k pip at stake.
do i have to know how much each visit cost?

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  1. You have a right to ask what the charges will be up front.

  2. You are certainly entitled to that information before you treat there and if the doctor refuses to tell you it may be a worrysome indicator. You would also be entitled to have a running total of the care you have received at any point. Be careful, though, not to micromanage your care.

  3. You certainly have a right to know how much your treatment will cost. It is not unusual that a chiropractor will have you sign an assignment so they can direct bill your insurance company. There are many doctors, not just chiropractors, who want to bill out that $10,000 in PIP you have as quickly as possible.

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  4. You certainly could request copies of the bills (HCFA's or CMS form 1500) from either your attorney or the treating medical provider(s). The 10K PIP at stake relates to the amount of money which will be paid for reasonable, related and necessary medical treatment stemming from an accident at 80% of the reasonable amount billed up to a max of $10K (there's also lost wages and death benefits that could be payable at 60% per the PIP statute, FS s. 627.736). However, that money is not designed to include any of your pain and suffering. In order to recovery for pain and suffering, you would need a claim under the bodily injury portion of the tortfeasor's insurance coverage. If you have an attorney, all if this should have been explained to you from the beginning. If you're not currently represented, feel free to contact my office at 888-982-5111 or to discuss further.

  5. You should always know what your treatment is going to cost in any case. Chiropractors are the worst offenders of all medical providers. If they won't tell you, go to someone else. Talk to a local injury attorney.

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  6. A chiropractor should tell you how much their particular services cost, but they may not know how long you will require treatment and in that case they may be unable to predict the total cost for your accident-related injuries. Hope that helps.

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  7. You have an absolute right to know. In fact, for the doctor to get paid directly by the PIP carrier, the patient must countersign the form the doctor submits the claim on. Further every patient has a statutory right to a copy of his/her medcial bills. If they refuse, something is very clearly wrong. Whatever you do, NEVER sign the claim forms in blank. If you have a lawyer representing you for your injuries I would immediatly let the lawyer know and insist on seeing an itemizaton of the bills. I can cite you the administrative and statutory rules requiring all this if you need it. Good luck,

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  8. Hmmm it is strange that the chiropractor will not provide you with the charges for the services you are receiving. You may want to discuss this with the lawyer that is handling your accident claim.
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    8925 SW 148th Street # 200
    Miami, FL 33176
    (305) 720-2086

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  9. Yes! In fact you can request your own insurance company to send you copies of what has been billed and what they have actually allowed and paid. Good luck!

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