Unexpected medical expenses, of course, can often add a little fuel to that fire in terms of your annual deductible. For example, Peter Drier, 37, signed a pile of consent forms before a surgery for herniated disks in his neck. Mr. Drier is a bank technology manager who had researched his insurance coverage. So when large bills started arriving, he knew a majority of the charges would be covered by insurance. What he wasn’t expecting was a $117,000 charge from a doctor he had not met before surgery.
He had some medical bills from the Lenox Hill hospital where he got his surgery done, a bill for the anesthesiologist and another one for the orthopedist. But this particular bill was from a neurosurgeon, Dr. Harrison Mu, and Drier knew nothing about him being related to his surgery.