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Sunday, April 5, 2009

The Health Care system is a vampire!

Let's have a review. I have recently undergone knee surgery that turned out to be a little more than expected. Weeks of physical therapy. A colonoscopy and CT scan for scar tissue in my abdomen from, now remember this next phrase, "MY COMPLETE HYSTERECTOMY." And last but not least a consult with a surgeon concerning the same issue. As you might would guess, what with this tick list of minor health concerns I have received a pile of medical bills thick enough to insulate a small dwelling. I am so thankful for health insurance! I go over each bill with a fine toothed comb to make sure that my insurance company agrees with the doctor's office on what my portion should be before I send out a check. I got the bill the other day from the doctor that I went to for the consult concerning (this is from the chart now), "adhesions due to hysterectomy".....on the itemized statement was a charge for $18.00 for a PREGNANCY TEST!! What? Are you kidding me? Surely this is a mistake, I thought. So, of course, I called the less than stellar employee at the doctor's office. I explained to the girl that my insurance company was being charged for a pregnancy test on a woman with NO uterus! She laughed, and said, "yeah, isn't that crazy, we do one on every one that comes in." Well, heck yeah ya do. It cost's sixty-seven cents to do one and then you get $18 dollars for it, that's good business anywhere you check. I said, "so I see how it works, you know you have an agreed upon amount that the insurance company is willing to pay, so you drum up every charge you can possibly come up with and hope in the end you'll get $185.00 of the $2000.00 you charged them. 'I see here where your chart says you've had a tonsillectomy Mrs. Patterson, open up and let's see if they're still gone, yep they're gone alright, that'll be $22.50, add that to the bill Nurse'.......her reply,,,"um, actually, yeah."
I give up!!

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7 comments:

Shawna said...

Sounds about right! At least you have insurance. I haven't had any for over a year. :(

JLI said...

Madness, I say! I would have short-paid the bill $18.00 and let them know they can take me to court over it, should they care to invest thousands to recover $18. Ridiculous...

4 J's said...

Well, at least the girl was honest with you! That is CRAZY!

calista said...

Please don't misunderstand me, I am SOOOO thankful for my health insurance, I know many do not have any. I just can't help but think that things like this are the reason why!!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Sounds exactly right It is so frustrating....glad to find your blog...
Hope you will stop by my blog .
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This drawing will be the last day of April.
Every comment you leave throughout the month will enter your name in the drawing.
This NEW blogger was so touched by all the comments I got on the Blog Party, that I decided to make this a monthly GIFT...
Also, if you mention my blog, telling about the monthly giveaway, you will have your name entered 10 extra times...How is that for an incentive?
I was so blown away by all the responses that I wanted to email each person personally, but TIME... just has not permitted..but I did love reading all of them..I am continuing to introduce my family members and then there will be some fun blogs coming up from Disney World in May. I am so thankful for all my new friends.

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

My mother and I just had this discussion this week. She had the same thing pulled on her, only it wasn't a pregnancy test, thank goodness, because she is 83.

Tina said...

WOW, I cannot believe that charged you for that. NUTS! But yes, they do try and get every little dollar they can out you us and the insurance companies. I am going through mine as well. Its a pain. ;-)