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Old 04-07-2020, 06:28 AM
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I just got the bill for my hospital stay a few weeks ago (I had a blocked intestines as a result of my radiation treatment. I am all better now). I got a bill for $5500 for 4 days! I know I don't have the best insurance in the world, but I spent 7 days in ICU after I had my bladder removed back in August and it only cost me $200.

So I called up the hospital and demanded a copy of my charts AND an itemized bill of everything. Well come to find out, they charged me $15 for four aspirations, which I never took and I have the charts to back it up. I was also charged $200 for a series of breathing treatments I never did. Then the cashier tried to argue with me. My response, "honey I am a school teacher during a global pandemic. I have nothing better to do than sit here and argue on the phone with you, it will not end well for you."

Long story short, they canceled out my bill and sent me a check for $15. I don't know if it was because they overcharged me or because they wanted to shut me up. So needless to say, I will much more cautious before I send in money for a medical bill.



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Old 04-07-2020, 06:31 AM
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$15... seems like they owe you more.

Can you contact your insurance and see if they will pay more ? What about calling the hospital and asking for a discount ? Iíve done this and they will wave and/or discount some of the bill.
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Old 04-07-2020, 06:39 AM
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My response, "honey I am a school teacher during a global pandemic. I have nothing better to do than sit here and argue on the phone with you, it will not end well for you."
You could not have spoken any more truth in that statement!!

I am glad you were able to solve the billing issue. It happens way more than it should.
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Old 04-07-2020, 07:03 AM
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I love your response! Good for you for checking line by line. How many people just pay these bills without looking?
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Hospital bill
Old 04-07-2020, 07:04 AM
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Good for you! It is very wise to triple check medical bills. So many codes get missed, crossed, not used, etc.


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Hahahaha!!!
Old 04-07-2020, 07:07 AM
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Oh my gosh! Your response!! Good for you!
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Old 04-07-2020, 07:55 AM
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Good for you!! I once argued about pain pills a hospital charged me for that I never took until they finally took it off. I had moved to another state (and no cell phones then) and ended up paying more in long distance charges than the pain pills charge would have been, but I was making a statement!
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Old 04-07-2020, 08:03 AM
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When I had my hip surgery I saved a couple thousand by requesting itemized bills!
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Itemized, for sure
Old 04-07-2020, 08:36 AM
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Yep. Itemized bills should be the default. Neither we nor our insurance (which ultimately means us) should be paying for services, treatments, medications, etc. that were not received.

Glad you are now feeling well.
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Old 04-07-2020, 08:37 AM
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We got itemized bills for DH's medical issues this year and we still have to pay $7300 out of pocket!


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Old 04-07-2020, 01:52 PM
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Good for you!
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