Hospital bill summary.... GEEZE LOUISE!

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Robin'sBrood, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    Well, it came today. The summary of the bill that was sent to our insurance company. I'm still in shock and disbelief over it.

    If you read my other thread then you know that I had a large kidney stone that left my right kidney and lodged in my ureter 2 weeks ago, at about 11:00 p.m. After several agonizing hours at home - while in excruciating pain and experiencing multiple bouts of severe vomiting - my DH took me to the ER.

    After being in triage for a while I was put in a tiny, private room. I had a CT scan done of my kidneys and the urologist said there was no way I would be able to pass the stone on my own because it was too big. So, I had to have surgery to put a stent in my kidney and leading down to my bladder, and I had to have the stone broken up by laser so that I could pass it in pieces. I was in the hospital for less than 12 hours.

    And here is the summary of my hospital bill.

    Emergency Department $2,316.25
    OR supplies 1,684.00
    Anesthesia 2,104.00
    Pharmacy 42.83
    Pathology/Lab Service 311.00
    CAT Scan 3,530.00
    Room & Bed 633.00
    Radiology 722.00
    OR Services 7,435.52
    Recovery/PACU 973.30
    Central Supply 183.60
    Total $19,935.50

  2. AussieSharon

    AussieSharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2007
    This is the whole reason insurance is so high and so many people can't afford it.

    Glad you are ok!
  3. key west chick

    key west chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    I feel your pain. I had a total ab hysterectomy last August. My surgery took 45 minutes. I stayed 2 nights. It was around $15,000, if I remember right. But that was for everything, the hospital, anesth, path, and my ob/gyn. I want to say out of pocket was about $3500. Insurance took care of the rest, thank goodness.
  4. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    My husband was in the hospital for three weeks last July. I'll let you guys do the math.

    I thank God our parents were strict and made sure we went to college... There are many paths to good insurance, of course, but at least we had it or we'd be living in a cardboard box right now. (That, or DH wouldn't be on this earth anymore... [​IMG] ).
  5. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    Wow! And people think vets charge a lot! [​IMG] I could do that entire thing (including CT) to a dog for under $2500.

    Glad your surgery went well though. Hope you don't need any more!
  6. Royicus

    Royicus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 21, 2007
    Western Oregon
    I had a cardiac ablation done many years ago. It was about a 4 hour procedure for me (typically 2.5 hrs) and cost about $30,000 or so. It is very expensive.
  7. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 22, 2008
    Annetta Kentucky
    My DS had a six figure bill before he was even a year old. THank God for our military health insurance.
  8. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

    Oct 1, 2008
    People in the UK complain about the NHS (National Health Service) constantly, but my goodness when I read things like this I am so glad we have it!!
  9. beak

    beak On vacation

    Dec 12, 2008
    Kiowa, Colorado
    Insurance will probably pay about 6 or 7k on that bill. If you didn't have insurance you would owe what's on the bill. The sad part is the hospital can function just fine on what the insurance company pays them. When you get your next hospital bill after the insurance has paid you will see where the hospital will put insurance write off on the part the insurance doesn't pay. So the hospital has total charges for the year of 100 million dollars. The insurance companies pay them 30 million per their agreement for fair charges. The hospital writes off 70 million and doesn't pay any tax on the 30 million they earned.

    The bills aren't through yet. Next you'll get one from the anesthesiologist, the surgeon that did the procedure, the emergency room physicians, x-ray interpreter if x-rays were involved,multiple lab bills. Be sure to keep everything and compare insurance statements to hospital bills so you don't get double charged on co-pays.

    That's why we need health reform. Could you imagine if you didn't have insurance. You would have to claim bankruptcy. They say 60% of all bankruptcies are for hospital bills.
  10. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Quote:Could you enlighten us why UK insurance is better? I thought getting doctors is a long time affair LOL!

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