I recently received this letter from a patient who had cataract surgery and I think it is important to share. As a healthcare provider, I do my best to make sure patients are treated fairly, but I, as all physicians, have little control over what the insurance companies or federal government will or will not cover and what they will reimburse. As physicians, we can bill an insurance company $1000.00 for a procedure, but we may get paid nothing, or as little as $1.00, depending on the insurance - company pre-determined fee schedule. Hopefully this will help clear some popular misconceptions about what doctors charge and what they actually collect.
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Dr. Patel is currently Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Northern Virginia Academy of Ophthalmology and the Virginia Society of Ophthalmology. She is currently seeing patients in the Vienna, VA area with general ophthalmic conditions, corneal disease, cosmetic needs, dry eye and laser vision correction candidates.