I just moved from Florida to California. I went to my new dentist for a dental cleaning. I have dental insurance. I asked him, if he would tell me in advance the price, if I have to pay something. He answered, "Of course." I also asked him, if he was in-network with my dental insurance company. He answered, "Yes."
He billed $118 to the insurance company for a liquid that I thought it was mouth wash. The dental insurance paid $43, and I got a letter from the dentist that I have to pay the difference, $75.
As he never told me the price in advance, should I have to pay? If not, what would I need to do?
At this time, my plan is to pay, and look for a different dentist.
The only reason that I am thinking to do that is because I think that if I do not pay my credit score would be damaged. Also, hiring a lawyer would be more expensive.
However, I feel that he broke our contract not telling me the price in advance. I do not think that is reasonable $118 for a liquid that I thought was mouth wash. What can you tell me?
I found a question, that even though is not the exact case, gave me a lot of information.
Additionally to the fluoride, that is the name of the liquid, he charged for X rays and the cleaning what was covered by the dental insurance. My previous dentist uses 45 minutes for the cleaning. This dentist used only 15 minutes.
My previous dentists never charged me for this "treatment." I think that what this dentist is doing is illegal, but is it illegal?