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Author:  Catherine [ Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:20 am ]
Post subject:  CAT Scan Shockeroo!

Have any of you had a CAT scan lately? A friend had one last week at our local hospital as part of a pre- surgical exam to determine whether or not he needed surgery to repair a hernia. He and his wife got the bill on Monday. Charge for the CAT scan: $2100.00!!!!! :shock:

The total bill, which included an ER charge and all the stuff that goes along with that, came to almost $5,000!

Author:  CrimsonEagle [ Wed Jan 26, 2011 2:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: CAT Scan Shockeroo!

I thought of getting the bills for my wife when the Dr's screwed up. It was shocking what they charged for something that was their fault to begin with.

I was seriously tempted to move someplace that had a witchdoctor that I could pay with a chicken. Would have been just about as effective.

Anyways, I hope that all turns out well for your friend!!

Author:  Catherine [ Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: CAT Scan Shockeroo!

Quote:
thought of getting the bills for my wife when the Dr's screwed up. It was shocking what they charged for something that was their fault to begin with.


Amazing...I figured they would have had to suck up those bills

How is your wife doing, CE? Our friends are just waiting until the charges are filed with their insurance and then they'll know how much of the total bill they will be responsible for. I know it will be at least 20%, if not more. As I said, shockeroo... :shock:

Author:  CrimsonEagle [ Thu Jan 27, 2011 1:25 am ]
Post subject:  Re: CAT Scan Shockeroo!

Catherine wrote:
Quote:
thought of getting the bills for my wife when the Dr's screwed up. It was shocking what they charged for something that was their fault to begin with.


Amazing...I figured they would have had to suck up those bills

How is your wife doing, CE? Our friends are just waiting until the charges are filed with their insurance and then they'll know how much of the total bill they will be responsible for. I know it will be at least 20%, if not more. As I said, shockeroo... :shock:


All things considered, she could be worse. She cant sit long, cant stand long, is in pain most of the time and if she pushes it her leg that was paralyzed gets weak on her, BUT, at least she can get around somewhat.

I think that the worst part is how it effected her mentally. She used to be so vibrant and active and now she just cant and she gets frustrated and (as she puts it) tired. Still...could have been worse.

I do hold a bit of fear in regards to what will happen to her in the future. I have this fear that eventually she will be back in a wheelchair but for now I guess I cant worry about that. Have to live in the present and we will deal with the future as it unfolds.

No matter what, she is my soul mate. I'm not going anywhere. Lol, at least I think she know that now:).

Tell your friend to pay with chickens!!!!!! Lol:)

Yeah, the whole system is screwed up. Hopefully your friend will be able to pay off everything without loosing anything.

Dave.

Author:  A Proud Liberal [ Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:50 am ]
Post subject:  Re: CAT Scan Shockeroo!

All of this is why I’m thankful my Medicare coverage is with a HMO. When I had my stroke awhile back, my entire hospital stay was $50 out of pocket. I too had a CAT scan while in the ER because they had to determine whether the stroke was due to a blockage or a bleed. The treatments are radically different for each cause. I had a blockage stroke and aspirin gave me almost instantaneous relief. Later during my stay, I underwent a MRI, which was billed to the insurance company at some $6500. My entire stay came to over $18,000.

Author:  Catherine [ Thu May 19, 2011 9:03 am ]
Post subject:  Re: CAT Scan Shockeroo!

Thought I'd update you all on this situation...actually, it couldn't have turned out better.

Our friend had gone to our local hospital, which is a "Blue Cross Blue Shield Hospital.". Apparently, patients who are covered via Blue Cross at this hospital have significantly reduced medical charges. Our friend was covered by the Blue Cross/Blue Shield "Blue Advantage" program. His final, out of pocket bill, which he received last week, was a whopping $135.00!
:shock: :D

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