(Closed) ugh, I didn’t not see this one coming!

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Contact their charity care.  They will go by your pay scale.  

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I know the feeling: I woke up one morning at about 4am with a nasty UTI after a marathon sesh w/ the Fiance. I walked in and DIAGNOSED MYSELF and basically said, “just give me the antibiotics so I can go home”.

I got one bill from the ER for $250, and 2 more from indvidual doctors, each for another $250, for a total of $750. And one of the doctors, I have no idea who it was! There was only 1 on-call at 4am when I went! I tried to contest it, but there wasn’t much I could do.

When I was sick in the hospital senior year with strep, mono, dehydration and my period (all at once – 9 days hospitalized total & lost 15 lbs) my mom threw a fit b/c they had one doctor who literally took 5 steps into the room, said “yup, worst case we’ve seen in 15 years” and then sent my mom a bill. He didn’t even touch me or get close enough to diagnose anything visually. My mom was freakin’ livid!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Through the hospital. It’s how I usually get my stuff for free (when I didn’t have a job). When I had to go through it I was required to have an official bank statement as well. So, if you’re saving up money in the bank, that MAY hurt you. It’s worth a shot though.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I had a doctor look at me for 10 minutes (she took a peek at the problem because it was visual and knew exactly what it was). I later was billed over $600. For 10 minutes. Nothing was done. A peek and a script. Bet your bottom dollar I didn’t pay that bill.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Hospital visits without insurance sucks though $400 is actually pretty reasonable for the ER. One of my best friends went to urgent care because her feet kept swelling a few years ago. The doctor told her that her shoes were too tight and there was nothing wrong with her. It was the middle of summer and she hadn’t worn anything but flip flops for weeks! She didn’t have insurance and about a month later she got a bill for $350. $350 for someone to tell her her shoes were too tight?!?! Ridiculous!

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

This is the reason that Americans need to support a single payer health care system.

If you go to the hospital here in Canada the bill is 0$.

Everyone is entitled to medical coverage. You only have to fill out some paperwork.

The premiums are based on your previous years income so low -income earners and students pan little or nothing.

Many of us get extended benefits as a benefit of our employment.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

@bunny same happened to me!! It was like $1500 for a UTI all told. So ridiculous.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I love Canada.

I am sorry you have to deal with that. Going to the hospital, the last thing you should have to think about is the guestimated cost and then have random bills coming your way.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

seriously – call the hospital and ask the billing department to mail you a Financial Assistance form. My SO burned himeslf pretty bad and had to spend a week and half at a specialty hospital in another state 4 hours away from home. His bill racked up to 60K without insurance. And the does not include the 3 months of weekly follow up visits (yes it was that bad). We filed for Financial Assistance, a one page form from the hospital and did not have to provide any paperwork…. 2 weeks after filing we received a final bill due of only 17K. The system works. I went into the ER for a stomach infection – I worked full time making 35K a year at the time. I filed for Financial Assistance when I received a 600 dollar bill AFTER insurance. They wiped it clean.

Just be sure that if you go this route, if you do not get a letter saying you were approved or denied, or a final bill showing reduced charges, that you call the billing department and ask about the status of your application. Catch them before they send the bill to collections, because then it just turns into a huge mess.

Good Luck!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

Ouch that is one heck of a bill for pretty much nothing. Hopefully following the other bees advice will help you.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

even if you have insurance it doesnt matter – insurance is not taken into effect with the financial assistance. I had insurance with my stomach infection and they still cleared the 600 dollar bill…. my SO did not have insurance, but in that state and for that hospital I felt like I was filling out a food stamp form as they wanted all my income/assets as well since he lived with me… they still wrote off a huge amount.

whatever they write off is covered by government grants – most times they would rather write it off and get the money from the grant, versus send you to collections, pay the collection company to work you account, and never see that money…………

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I know how you feel. Our daughter goes in tomorrow for an MRI- with AND without dye- and we are looking at probably a $700 bill AFTER insurance just for the MRIs themselves- then add in the doctors and the anesthesiologist’s bill… it’s a nightmare. 

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