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March 12th, 2011 at 06:28 pm

I haven't gotten any new bills for my 3 surgeries last year in a month or so, so maybe they've all come in now. If I didn't have any insurance I would have been charged $207,025.00 - I would have had to go back to work for 10 years to repay that.

Because I have insurance they deducted $100,508.00 from the bills. The insurance company paid $105,558.00. I paid $4,500.00. I know the numbers don't add up, but I have prescriptions in there too.

It is insane what medical care costs when you aren't insured and even when you are. But it's almost twice when you aren't.

I finished reading my book The Empty Copper Sea by John D. MacDonald. Mystery - very good.

3 Responses to “the bottom line”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    Yes, I agree. Not having decent insurance for a few years is what got me into so much debt. Debt I am still paying off today.

  2. Ima saver Says:

    I am waiting for hospital bills too. We don't have insurance either, so we have to pay cash up front.

  3. patientsaver Says:

    I think the whole system is messed up and unfair.

    Why should those without health insurance pay a different rate than those with it? I'm not saying that the uninsured shouldn't pay more, but if a given surgery costs $50,000 for someone with health insurance, it should cost the same amount for someone without health insurance. Notice I'm talking about the total bill for the procedure itself, not the total amount somebody pays.

    There doesn't seem to be any logic in healthcare pricing.

    Case in point: The meds i take for my MS cost about $1,000 a month 10 years ago when i started taking them. Today, the same med costs close to $4,000 a month!!

    The "cost" of meds or healthcare seems to be a moving target and varies, depending on who you are. It's insane.

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