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(Daily Kos)   Sorry about keeping your brain-dead wife on life support against her will because of our medieval religious laws -- here's a massive hospital bill to make you feel better   (dailykos.com) divider line 202
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2014-02-01 03:31:11 PM

Kahabut: scottydoesntknow: FlashHarry: that poor woman's family. how appallingly awful.

To be fair, it doesn't say they are receiving the medical bills. It says they might.

Don't get me wrong, it's still a sick, appalling story. But subby's headline is acting like it already happened.

Actually, the article clearly states that he has in fact received several bills.  He just isn't sure which if any he has to pay, which is another way of saying "I'm playing dumb here, hoping this goes away".

If they sent a bill (and they have sent several) then they expect to be paid.  It's pretty much idiotic to think otherwise, since there is not a tiny bit of evidence that hospitals are run by human beings rather than accountants and lawyers.

A situation like this would generate many bills from different providers.  I had a rather low end emergency once and got a bill from the city for ambulance, a hospital bill for facilities and supplies, and then one for the ER doctor who was a part of a company operating within the hospital.  Similar things are true for the various specialists.

Given its conclusion has happened recently, I imagine the bills he has now are for things like ambulance transport in November and the initial ER response.  Insurance will cover some of that, but not 100% because of co-pay and deductible.

For other items, he may have explanations of benefit from the insurance co, which aren't bills to be paid and in many cases don't reflect what you'll be asked to pay (if anything) by the provider.
2014-02-01 11:19:40 PM
several farkers predicted they'd get stuck with a huge bill.
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