Well, my favorite ophthalmologist also referred to me an optometrist at University Hospital, because he wants me to switch contact lens brands. I had heard through the grapevine that this doctor doesn't take insurance, though, so I just called the hospital to see how much this little checkup was going to cost me.
Me: Hi, I have an appointment with the doctor coming up and wanted to make sure that she took my insurance.
Receptionist: Umm...well, we have you down for a new contact visit and she doesn't accept insurance for that.
Me: Oh, well how much does an appointment like that typically cost?
Receptionist: $120 and up.
Me: Oh. Really? Can you cancel my appointment then?
I hope my favorite ophthalmologist doesn't get mad at me for going to a non-University Hospital optometrist, but seriously people, I already pay an obnoxious price for medical insurance (although, it should be noted that there were times when I was a writer that I didn't have insurance, so yay for insurance!). After getting price-gouged for university insurance to cover services that I rarely use, did he really expect me to see a doctor who runs a cash only practice? Seriously, stop joking.
Also, I think medical practices who don't accept insurance should be obligated to say so up front. What if I had shown up for my appointment, not having been in the University Hospital information loop, and been surprised by my whopping $120+ service charge? Not cool. Not cool at all, doctors.