Too Pretty For Prison: fish hook in the thumb last summer cost me $4,200. Which actually pissed me off. By the time I got the final bill, I had to pay $100 and my insurance company wrote them a check for $483. I never understood why insurance companies can get away with paying 10% of a bill while the uninsured will be driven to bankruptcy and not given an inch.
Target Builder: "Cost them a whopping $89,000. The Charlotte Observer The four vials of anti-venom medication Ferguson received reportedly cost about $20,000 each. Ferguson and his wife Laura researched the price of the medicine and found its retail price was between $750 and $12,000 per vial. Medicare, they reportedly found, would have paid about $9,460 for the total treatment Though their Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance reduced the bill to a little over $20,000,It sounds like buying a rug from a merchant in Cairo - the sticker price has almost no correlation with how much money will eventually change hands, except in this case if you have to haggle on your own you'll die before a price is agreed on.
uttertosh: Headso: Our costs for providing uncompensated care are partially covered by higher bills for other patients.In other words the middle class pretty much carry the burden of the uninsured and under-insured.I know, right? It's like some kind of dystopian communistist nightmare y'all are living in.
Cold_Sassy: MayoSlather: It's their own fault for not utilizing the free market and shopping around for hospitals to get the best price. Hard to feel sorry for dumbasses that probably just went to the first hospital they found.I pray to God this is sarcasm.
Fubini: I got a medical bill that seemed too high, so I asked for an itemized bill to be sent. It's been three goddamn months and they can't send me a bill for services *they already performed* and *have already billed me for*.Now I'm trying to figure out the estimated cost of a future procedure, and it's a total clusterf**k. Three separate providers need to be contacted as well as the hospital, and while the doctors can give a fairly straight answer, the hospital is a nightmare. Everything they say is entirely contingent and full of weasel words, I still do not have a good idea about what services they might actually end up billing me for.The general attitude among doctors is that health and care should always be the first priority. What happens when that care costs my family $2000 out of pocket? What about $5000? What about $80,000? Healthcare is expensive enough that lots of people seriously have to consider the trade off between quality of life and the cost of treatment. Meanwhile, some people do everything in their power to make sure that medical billing is an impenetrable secret.I am not above saying that the medical industry as a whole is a bunch of crooks. I understand that stuff costs money, and medical grade stuff is inordinately expensive, but when you can't even give me a ballpark figure on how much a procedure costs, or justify your bill for three months after the fact, you have lost all my trust and respect. The single greatest thing we could do for healthcare in this country is to legally require that patients be given a price quote prior to an operation with a +10% upper bound on what they'll eventually be charged.
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