I called the specialist’s office back the next morning at 8AM, determined to demand that the receptionist write my name on the calendar, to discover that Dr. Jordan had done my work for me.
“You can find all the new patient forms online, if you’d like to fill them out ahead of time,” Sherry said.
“Thank you,” I said. “Um, by the way, how much do these appointments typically cost? I don’t really have insurance – it’s a sharing program, so we pay all the bills up front.”
“You’re self-pay?” Sherry asked.
“I guess so,” I said.
“For self-pay clients, you have to pay $250 up front when you arrive, then the rest after the appointment – depends on the tests they do. They usually do an ultrasound on the first appointment. Could be up to $1200.”
I raised my eyebrows. “Wow,” I said. “So, the doctor actually already took photos of my eye… could we use those instead so we won’t have to repeat tests?”
“Sorry, these doctors like to take their own photos,” she said.
“I see,” I said.