I go to a dermatologist for UVB phototherapy for plaque psoriasis. It's a first-line treatment and is accepted by basically any insurance company. The standard price set by a dermatologist is around $100, the treatment need not be conducted by a doctor or nurse, and takes less than 5 minutes of my time in a UV box, and less than 30 seconds for the operator (an untrained assistant) to turn the box to the correct setting and go.
It's about the easiest treatment I can imagine for a dermatology practice to administer, and yet I'm charged a specialist copay of $50 and a 20% coinsurance of another $20 or so every time I go, which is daily. This seems a bit odd considering my doctor usually isn't even in the building when I come for treatment, and she sets the regimen for the next month when I see her once a month or so.
Can I be charged specialist copay and co-insurance daily for this?