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(Time)   Snake bite causes $89,000 hospital bill. It would have been less but the snake demanded a private room   (healthland.time.com) divider line 18
    More: Asinine, North Carolina, hospitals, uncompensated care, medical bills, Mooresville, emergency rooms  
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2014-01-31 08:32:26 AM  
14 votes:
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.
2014-01-31 09:01:44 AM  
6 votes:
Typically, when I'm bitten by a venomous snake of going into cardiac arrest, I shop around for the best prices. Living in Virginia, I try to visit hospitals in North Carolina, West Virginia and Maryland and negotiate fees. Once I negotiate the best price, I collapse in front of the triage nurse and allow treatment. It's a little time consuming, but I feel I'm getting the best deal in the end.
2014-01-31 08:32:44 AM  
5 votes:
Boo, hisssssss
2014-01-31 10:13:09 AM  
3 votes:
That's what Jesus would want.

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2014-01-31 09:05:02 AM  
2 votes:

DubtodaIll: $89,000 for one bottle of malt liquor???


HAIL COBRA!
2014-01-31 08:55:02 AM  
2 votes:
Land of the free to STFU because Capitalism. Welcome to the nightmare of your own, superawesome, creation.

Thanks Osama!
2014-01-31 08:53:50 AM  
2 votes:
[Tonto] "Kemosabe, doctor say, you going to die."
2014-01-31 08:36:40 AM  
2 votes:
"You can keep your snake insurance"!!
kab
2014-01-31 11:20:07 AM  
1 votes:
This incredibly selfish couple needs to gather some empathy for the insurance companies that are barely keeping the lights on while providing reasonable costs to everyone.
2014-01-31 10:25:32 AM  
1 votes:
That's why you wait for happy hour, guys.

guinnesspours.net
2014-01-31 10:24:48 AM  
1 votes:

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.


skreened.com
2014-01-31 09:42:39 AM  
1 votes:

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.


Yeah. Getting a price on healthcare should NOT look like this...

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2014-01-31 09:40:31 AM  
1 votes:
singlepayernow.net
Single Payer, its what Jesus would want you farking idiots.
2014-01-31 09:17:15 AM  
1 votes:

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.


Insert John Boehner proclaiming the US has the best health care system in the world
2014-01-31 09:05:31 AM  
1 votes:

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.


God is in your favor today my child.
2014-01-31 08:59:09 AM  
1 votes:

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.


I like your style. Do you have a newsletter?
2014-01-31 08:40:43 AM  
1 votes:
$89,000 for one bottle of malt liquor???3.bp.blogspot.com
2014-01-31 08:31:33 AM  
1 votes:
following the introduction of the American Care Act

Really, Time?
 
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