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  •  You know it's bad when you call the hospital (10+ / 0-)

    after getting a bill for a 24 hospital stay with no procedures for $15,000, and you somehow end up feeling bad for the administrator you're talking to when you give them a massive dressing-down about how no other industry in the US is allowed to get away with the BS they pull in hospitals.

    "Well, we're going to do this and this to your car, but we can't tell you how much it will cost.  Here's this paper saying that you'll agree to pay whatever we decide to charge you."  Can you imagine?

    After a while he just didn't know what to say.  The guy (this was a higher level administrator in the hospital) just basically agreed and sounded very defeated and a little depressed.

    I ended up paying the bill, after the insurance paid their share, it was still a large chunk of our monthly income.

    I blog about my daughter with autism at her website

    by coquiero on Wed May 08, 2013 at 04:58:56 PM PDT

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