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Never Again ...

Last week I received my hospital bill for the accident I had last month. In total, the hospital wanted to charge me $2,200 for their services, which included making me wait in the ER for 3 hours and one doctor's 10 minutes time to stitch me up. If I had known that it would cost that much, I would've done the stitches myself!

I guess I can justify why the doctor charged me $500 for 6 stitches, but for the hospital to charge me $1700 for waiting in the ER?!?! I just can't over that. This just makes me to conclude that the healthcare system in this country is completely out of whack. Luckily I had health insurance, if I didn't, I would be eating rice and beans for the next year just to make up the cost for one little trip to the hospital.

When I first received my bill, I was informed that I owe the hospital $1,600 because the insurance company rejected my claim. I took a little time to investigate and found out that the insurance company rejected my claim because the hospital made a big mistake when they were filling out the claim form. So for the whole week I had this outstanding balance of $1,600 looming over my head ... wondering if/when it will get sorted out.

That's why today is a good day, my claim finally went through, and because of this, I can finally resume eating meat again. Hmm ... how I miss my meats.

Morals of the story: NEVER go to the ER + make sure you have health insurance!

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  • Blogger Charon says so:
    5:24 PM  

    Actually, the moral might be...if you must go to the ER, make sure you do it when you don't have to wait... top

  • Anonymous karen says so:
    8:32 PM  

    um, we're still glad that your lip is in one piece again...instead of the way it had blossomed like a flower...

    yay meats. top

  • Blogger dimsum807 says so:
    11:17 PM  

    i love american health care system!
    i hate it top

  • Anonymous h3nr0 says so:
    9:50 PM  

    wow. what a rip off. let's replace all doctors and pharacists with robots and then charge $2K for each time people use them. top

  • Blogger Krista says so:
    12:12 AM  

    You got your claim process pretty fast. Ours always take about a year. No joke. The moral is, you did the right thing. Never pay a hospital bill that insurance should pay. top