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Richard1954
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I know that Dr. Bash is well respected on this forum, so I sought out his service to write me an IMO for my prostrate cancer .  He took a long time to get up with me , even failing to call me after a call was scheduled.  I had to email him again, and request another call. He was never specific as to the cost of his services. I used Dr. Anise's services in the past and his fees for two IMO's were $1500, in fact that is what he charges everyone. Another doctor Dr. Seiter has his fees listed on his web site and his services for an IMO are $500. Dr. Bash's secretary called me a few minutes ago and quoted me $10,000 for an IMO. She wanted $3000 down, and to arrange a payment plan.  I informed her the the fee was ridiculous, explaining what Dr. Anise charged me in the past and what Dr. Seiter charges. She asked me what did I think was a fair fee. I refused to answer her telling her that I though that Dr. Bass was  trying to get rich on the back of veterans.  Maybe my opinion of Dr. Bash is wrong, I sure hope so.   If anyone wants to get an IMO check out the following link from Watchdog.org , it list many doctors willing to provide IMO's.

https://www.vawatchdog.org/imo-ime-medical-opinions-exams.html

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my same experience with Dr bash. and even after i call and talk to him he completely forgets what we discussed before and i have to go through everything again. it was very frustrating. i decided to give on it. i posted about this before and tried to get an answer on other IME/IMO providers but never really got any responses from anyone here that was helpful. i think that Dr bash means well, but his fees are insane

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There is no doubt Dr. Bash is expensive.  He is the "Tesla" of IMO's.  

I see it that you have 3 choices:

1.  Pay it. 

2.  Negotiate for a better rate. 

3.  Reject  it and do something else..  This is the method I used.  He quoted me 10,000 also.  The reason he gets it is 2 fold:

    a.  He does a great job and has won benefits for many Vets.  

    b.  "The payment plan"...its like a "buy here pay here" car lot, where they charge a fortune for cars for financing people with bad credit.  It is much easier to spend money that you dont have yet, than to spend money you do have.  

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i still dont understand the argument that these guys make.....lawyers do the "if you win you pay, if you lose you pay nothing" but IME guys "pay upfront and we cant guarantee you will win, but we always win so you should choose us and pay 10K" makes no sense! 

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Im not disputing dr's are expensive, and he is very expensive.  However, I have a family member who is an MD and her student loans are over 5000 per month.  Its no wonder why docs are so expensive, its expensive to educate them.    After you deduct taxes and student loans, about 170k or so that doctors make at the VA does not seem like so much anymore.  

I mean, gee, those rating specialists sometimes make 100, or 120 k per year..if you deduct the cost of student loans they are making as much as a doctor.  

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Richard 1954..aren't you a Vietnam combat Veteran?  and boots on the ground?  I thought you were.?  

Reason is VietNam vets can use the A.O Presumption.  Prostate Cancer is on the presumption list.

IF You are a Vietnam Vet  you should not need a IMO/IME.  other than your VA Dr's diagnose.  DD 214 Will or should have your Vietnam service on it.

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IMHO, you do not need to pay for an IMO/IME.  Don't get me wrong they are great if you can afford it, I never could. The thing is whenever your symptoms flair up, make sure you are seen or treated by a physician. I will also admit I have gotten lucky with my VA doctors that has help me out.  VA doctors, private doctors, VAMC or Medicare, as long as you are treated the doctors can write a note in your medical records instead of writing a letter.  A lot of doctors don't like writing letters but they will write a note in  your progress reports.

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