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  •  So what was your ER bill? (15+ / 0-)

    Seems like $300 wouldn't even cover the attending physician. I took my daughter to the ER a couple years ago, all they did was give her a shot. The bill was over $900.

    "crush in it's birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government" -Thomas Jefferson

    by Phil In Denver on Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 01:26:48 PM PDT

    •  It's $300 here just for the ambulance, (3+ / 0-)
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      forget the effin' ER.  

      I'm sick of GOP SOP!

      by xysea on Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 01:41:46 PM PDT

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    •  My wife ate some chocolate nuts and the (22+ / 0-)

      side of her face swelled up, she felt weird- so off to the ER we go.

      Spent 3 hrs, and during that time, her temperature and pulse was taken 3 times - that's it. By the time we got to see the ER doctor, her swelling was down and she was feeling fine, so he sent her home.

      About a week later came a bill for $200.00 - doctor's bill.

      Three month's later came a letter from a collection company for over $2000.00. We called them and asked them what this was about - we never received any invoices. To make a long story short, over the next three months we fought with the hospital to remove charges for x-rays, IV's, medications, Level 1 ER care, and a few other fictional things I don't recall right now.

      Bottom line - we received and paid a final bill for $400.00 a day before they sent it the credit bureaus.

      The health care process in this country is obscene.

      The only option that will help the situation at all is single payer, and I will be long gone before that ever happens with the jokers we have in Congress.

      "I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence."

      by logsol on Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 02:04:03 PM PDT

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      •  Our son got a jawbreaker (11+ / 0-)

        stuck in his throat en route to a baseball game.  Hubby pulled over and Heiliched him, with no luck.  Son was blue and passing out.  Hubby called an ambulance which was there within 6 minutes, but by the time they got there, the jawbreaker had dissolved enough for son to swallow it (whole) and was pinking up and alert.

        We got the bill 3.5 MONTHS later, for $106 with a note that our insurance had denied the claim.  I argued til I was blue in the face with insurance company, but had to pay the bill.

        Obscene is right.

        •  I'd be curious (5+ / 0-)

          to know which insurance company you had. It would be interesting to know what their profit margin is-how many billions more did they receive from you and their other customers than they paid out in providing health care. Then there is the question of how many millions each their CEO and other top execs are paid. And what other perks they have--I imagine that for the price of one Lockheed Gulfstream, we could buy quite a few ambulance rides, no? Don't forget the advertising budget--billions more of your money they take and spend on not providing medicine. To add--literally--insult to injury, the insurance companies spend millions of your doctor money on hiring lobbyists to buy off our so-called "representatives" to keep the being able to spend your health care money on anything and everything but your health care. And, at long last, after all of the above, whatever money they have left can be spent on--dividends for shareholders!

          What's that you say? You have doctor bills to pay?
          Your claim is denied.

          Al Qeada is a faith-based initiative.

          by drewfromct on Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 05:18:01 PM PDT

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      •  Excellent, classic example of how it doesn't work (3+ / 0-)
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        I hope you sent it to your representatives.

        So sorry for the headaches - sounds like you got it whittled down.

        Am glad things worked out well for your wife - scary.

        Torture: An act... specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering upon another person within his custody or physical control.

        by MsGrin on Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 03:25:27 PM PDT

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      •  Clarification - we paid the doctor's bill the (4+ / 0-)

        day we received it. The real problem was with the hospital. All they seemed to care about was if we wanted any help with filing a Medicaid claim. It sort of tells you why all the phony charges were there to begin with.

        "I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence."

        by logsol on Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 03:36:52 PM PDT

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