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  •  And ambulance costs! They don't sign deals with (17+ / 0-)

    insurers. So it is out of network. When Chris broke his back - the ambulance from the house to Sutter Delta was 20 miles. The charge from Medic Ambulance was  - 2390.46 Anthem covered 2058.39. After we filed a grievience that when you are laying on the ground - you do not get to pick your ambulance when you call 911. We are on the hook for 332.07. When Sutter Delta could not stabilize him and decided he needed to be transported to the L1 trauma center at John Muir Walnut Creek - Pro-Transport1 was called. The bill for that 24 mile ambulance ride is 2125.00 Anthem wrote a check for 520.87.  We filed a grievence as he was under emergency care - so they coughed up another 900 bucks. So we are on the hook for 600+ on that one. The running total right now - is about 6300 out of pocket. Our insurance policy was 5K total out of pocket but that is within network.

    Don't get me started on how a Dr. at John Muir Walnut Creek Hospital (in network) can be out of network! The neurosurgeon on call at the hospital that night is technically out of network also. Still waiting for the shoe to drop on that one.

    Excuse My French! This SHIT is beyond fucked up.

    if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

    by mrsgoo on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 08:12:22 PM PST

    •  Yes. I just posted downthread that (3+ / 0-)
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      my 85 yo father fell last week near his apartment in NYC. The woman who found him, who happened to be a doctor called an ambulance. The bill for less than a half mile trip was $2,700.

      There are moments when the body is as numinous as words, days that are the good flesh continuing. -- Robert Hass

      by srkp23 on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 04:49:00 AM PST

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