Now I in no way want to get this medical professional in any trouble, but it isn’t sitting comfortably with me so need some advice.
Firstly, keep in mind I was stood down from work in March. My business is not eligible for Jobkeeper & as my partner earns over a certain amount, I am not eligible for jobseeker. At this stage my business is closed until September, so I have NO financial income of any form for the next few months.
This medical professional lives interstate but would travel to my state once a month for face to face appointments. Once COVID hit & borders closed, we had to adjust to FaceTime calls.
No problems, we switched to weekly FaceTime calls. I sent them an updated medical health plan. After 2 appointments I started to wonder why I hadn’t received a bill. So I asked them & they advised that due to the circumstances they were not charging for the month of April as they would charge Medicare & waive the gap fee.
ok, if that’s the way they want to proceed in April then so be it. I did the right thing by asking about it & thought the reasons they gave were valid. Plus it was a MASSIVE relief to me as I am literally living off my savings right now.
However, I had now had two FaceTime appointments for May & again have received no bill ???? I’m scared if I don’t remind them again I may get an unexpectedly large bill at the end of the month.
This person knows about my financial circumstances & I have a really good doctor/patient relationship with them. But my anxiety is screaming at me.
Is this person doing a wrong thing by not charging me? Are they giving me extra free sessions because of my financial situation? Am I a bad person for thinking if I don’t mention the lack of bills, that perhaps I will get away more free sessions? If they thought they were doing me a favour, will I embarrass them by asking about it again? Would it mean they will change their mind & start charging me again?
im so very, very confused & while the lure of free hour long weekly FaceTime appointments is very enticing, my pride won’t let me take advantage of the situation.
Any advise would be appreciated. At this point I’m leaning towards asking them about the bill again. It just seems.......... weird