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$130,000 hospital bill

September 21st, 2010 at 04:34 pm

I had my consultation with the surgery dr today and he is 95% sure he can just take the mass and a small slice of my kidney. He says kidney cancer is almost always curable. That is such good news. First I have to get the kidney stone and stent removed. That is scheduled for next Tuesday. I will be in and out of the hospital. I don't have to stay overnight.

Prior to getting the stone removed I had to get another blood test and an EKG today. When I was registering for that the lady told me she could see my bill and I asked her what the amount was - just under $130,000.00 for the total bill while I was in the hospital @$10,000/day. However because I was in network it was discount by almost half and $71,000 is the amount going to the insurance company. Of that I will pay my $2000 deductible. I expect the total for everything after all the surgeries will be close to $200,000. Thank God for insurance.

After I heal from the kidney stone removal I will schedule for the kidney mass surgery. This will probably just be an overnight stay in the hospital.

While we were in the hospital my mom went xmas shopping. They were selling books and knick-knacks in the lobby. Strange place to buy xmas gifts.

I got to hear more horror stories today. It turns out while I was in the hospital some neice of someone they know from church was in the hospital at the same time as me and while putting in her IV port they knicked her lung and it collapsed. Since I had an IV port that could have happened to me - according to my mom. Sigh!

I finished reding my book Sins and Shadows by Lyn Benedict. Paranormal - pretty good. This is a new author for me. I've put her other books in the series on hold at the library.

10 Responses to “$130,000 hospital bill”

  1. crazyliblady Says:

    All I can say is ouch about the bill. Thank goodness for emergency funds and insurance. I hope you are feeling better soon. You have inspired me to start a will to make sure our assets are protected.

  2. whitestripe Says:

    omg, for a second there i thought that was going to be the amount you had to pay! Yes, thank god for insurance! And dont listen to the stories, there are many many many more good stories than there are bad ones, its just that the good ones are never news worthy.

  3. baselle Says:

    Yipes over the bill. I think by now I'd be saying, "mom, look at the pretty knick knack!" or I'd say, "look, do you want me to get treated or not? If you do, then stop with the stories. If you don't want me to get treated ...." and let it trail off.

  4. Miclason Says:

    Yep, while no hospital stay is nice, the ones that donīt present problems are not newsworthy, you never hear: everything went perfectly and without problems with XYZ...(well, very rarely, at least!) But the horror stories get told and retold!

  5. Analise Says:

    Wow, the cost of hospital care is unbelievable. It is indeed a blessing to have insurance and savings.

  6. CB in the City Says:

    Yes, this is why you just can't go without insurance. I get mad at mine (so much rigamarole because I was injured out of my area) but still when I look at the total cost I am very grateful.

    I once bought all my Christmas gifts in a hospital gift shop. I had flown in, so planned to shop after I arrived. My sister, who was in chemo at the time, had a fever so I took her to the ER just to be on the safe side. They kept her all day, so I did my shopping in the guild shop. Actually found some very nice things!

    By the way -- good story -- my sister, who had stage 2 lymphoma, has been cancer-free for almost eight years now, and always says that having cancer was actually a good experience because she encountered so much empathy and positivity.

    Buy your mom the book "The Worry Cure." She is trying to ward off everything she fears by worrying about it. If she will read the book, it will help.

  7. crazyliblady Says:

    Check out the book "You Can Heal Your Life" by Louise Hay.

  8. Homebody Says:

    Wow you have been reading a lot of books! Glad you have good coverage.

  9. Jerry Says:

    That $2000 insurance deductible seems pretty small in comparison to the entire bill, and I am so glad that the coverage was there for you. That is truly the biggest selling point for health insurance. Here's hoping that things run smoothly from here on out. Perhaps an odd question... are you going to ask if you can keep your kidney stone? It sounds like quite an impressive one. Good luck and blessings to you the rest of the way...

  10. retire@50 Says:

    Jerry - no I won't ask for the kidney stone. They may have to crush it to get it out. Either way it's not something I would want. I don't even keep greeting cards or old year books or hardly anything sentimental. I'm a "if you don't use it in a year, get rid of it kind of person"

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