Im sorry about your bills. I wish I could comment on some of the charges but without knowing more, it's hard
I will say this. It may not all be your doctors's fault on why this is just getting processed. In the last couple of years insurance has made it difficult for us to practice. We can submit something the day you come in and weeks later receive something from the insurance company saying the code is incorrect. Refile and weeks later saying that it's not covered...on the front end we checked and they said it was covered. Refile, weeks later there is something else. On and on. It's a game. The longer they keep their money the better off they are. I am also convinced that they do this on purpose hoping you will finally give up on a claim. Its a real pain in the you know what. It takes multiple employees hours and hours. So your bill that we submitted in August most likely didn't get paid for at least 90 days. IN the meantime, I still have to pay the lights, rent, my employees, malpractice, insurance, phone......etc etc.
Also you should know that anything your doctor bills to insurance, he is lucky to get 50%. So in other words, if he bills $200 he MIGHT get $100. When I look at this, often I realize I am getting paid much less than the plumber or the electrician that came to my house and did an hour's worth of work. I love what I do, but I sometimes wonder if it is worth it.
Unfortunately, there are doctors that play the system. They bill for everything. They put you thru every test so they can. It's not necessarily about patient care but how much can they make because he is only getting half of it anyway. I never have practiced like that and never will. I look at every patient as if they were my mom or dad. How would I want them to be treated. I often talk to my parents and they tell me what their doctor charged them for and I tell them that was really unnecessary but they are older and typically don't question their doctor's recommendations. Hospitals are the worse. Take your own Tylenol and bandages. Have you ever seen what they charge you for that? My wife has had some extended stays and we often bring stuff from home. It's a whole lot cheaper.
Again, sorry for all the problems you are having. If you need a good eye doc in JAX I can help you there!!