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aint_no_life_nowhere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 08:53 PM
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8. My cousin was billed over $20,000 for about 3 hours in emergency
He accidentally shot himself with his own handgun when his wife accidentally backed into him while he had it out. The bullet went right through the fat of his belly. He was taken to Emergency by ambulance and the ER took an MRI to make sure there were no stray bullet fragments left in his flesh. Basically, all they did was stitch him up, give him an MRI, give him a prescription for pain-killers, and send him home after about 3 hours there. The ambulance bill was another $1000, and the driver got lost on the freeway and took an extra 20 minutes to reach the ER. It wasn't a serious wound. The hospital bill alone was over $20 grand and my cousin had no insurance, unfortunately.
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  -Four wisdom teeth extracted-bill to my insurance co $12000+ caligirl  Jan-18-07 08:26 PM   #0 
  - You did the right thing for your son  yardwork   Jan-18-07 08:30 PM   #1 
  - thanks! we will be looking at COBRA for the other child who  caligirl   Jan-18-07 08:36 PM   #3 
  - That's it?  Heywoodj   Jan-19-07 10:33 AM   #63 
  - I found that at Fastweb which is a college related site, it also  caligirl   Jan-19-07 11:49 AM   #68 
  - Talk to the college's student health offices.  Dora   Jan-19-07 11:57 AM   #69 
     - That should go into there admissions brochures, a nice incentive.  caligirl   Jan-20-07 11:14 PM   #88 
  - You've got it right that the uninsured will be expected  brer cat   Jan-18-07 08:45 PM   #7 
  - But there is no real "Full Price"  truedelphi   Jan-19-07 11:29 AM   #65 
  - One reason you get such an outrageous bill...  and-justice-for-all   Jan-18-07 09:06 PM   #10 
  - BS. Outpatient surgery centers don't do charity care.  Porcupine   Jan-18-07 10:37 PM   #28 
  - Au contraire...  Everybody   Jan-19-07 08:00 AM   #60 
     - Not all well-known and highly respected hospitals accept the uninsured  proud2Blib   Jan-19-07 09:08 PM   #84 
  - That's baloney  proud2Blib   Jan-19-07 09:06 PM   #81 
  - I hear that whine an awful lot  wtmusic   Jan-19-07 09:07 PM   #83 
  - universal health care is not going to work here if they get to charge  NotGivingUp   Jan-19-07 07:40 AM   #56 
  - Saw the same kind of crap when our kids were born.  Blue Fire   Jan-18-07 08:34 PM   #2 
  - great idea, i should send this to Boxer or Feinstein, !2000 for wisdom  caligirl   Jan-18-07 08:38 PM   #5 
  - When I was born my mom was charged for a delivery room  Larissa238   Jan-19-07 04:30 PM   #73 
  - Our housekeeper was hit from behind and was uninjured.  TomInTib   Jan-18-07 08:36 PM   #4 
  - any chance the other guy had insurance. I was rear ended and had two  caligirl   Jan-18-07 08:42 PM   #6 
  - It was a wealthy old woman in a hot-rod new Cadillac  TomInTib   Jan-18-07 09:40 PM   #13 
     - Sorry, i had a lawyer go after them. the deposition was a pain or maybe it  caligirl   Jan-18-07 09:48 PM   #16 
  - My cousin was billed over $20,000 for about 3 hours in emergency  aint_no_life_nowhere   Jan-18-07 08:53 PM   #8 
  - Oh, man...  TomInTib   Jan-18-07 09:47 PM   #15 
  - Nothing more dangerous than a wife...  Mr_Jefferson_24   Jan-18-07 10:29 PM   #25 
     - I am, most recently, from Dallas  TomInTib   Jan-18-07 11:16 PM   #30 
        - Sounds like you're having a helluva lot more fun than I am...  Mr_Jefferson_24   Jan-18-07 11:30 PM   #31 
        - Somebody has to do it...  TomInTib   Jan-19-07 12:35 AM   #36 
           - ...And when I asked for gas...  Mr_Jefferson_24   Jan-19-07 12:45 AM   #37 
              - I wasn't given no warning  TomInTib   Jan-19-07 12:59 AM   #38 
                 - I'd copyright that before somebody steals it...  Mr_Jefferson_24   Jan-19-07 01:28 AM   #45 
                    - I was lying in the driveway, leaking fat...  TomInTib   Jan-19-07 01:47 AM   #46 
                       - Thanks for the laughs Tom, I enjoyed it... Going to bed now.  Mr_Jefferson_24   Jan-19-07 01:50 AM   #48 
                          - A Dios, mi amigo..  TomInTib   Jan-19-07 01:59 AM   #49 
        - You have my sympathy!  Perragrande   Jan-19-07 02:51 AM   #50 
  - And then they try to make you feel bad when you can't pay!!  kgfnally   Jan-19-07 01:47 AM   #47 
  - Please PM me  truedelphi   Jan-19-07 11:36 AM   #67 
  - Insurance Companies are a rip off...  and-justice-for-all   Jan-18-07 09:01 PM   #9 
  - Yep! I agree with you and your parent. Insurance is a scam...  midnight   Jan-18-07 11:38 PM   #32 
  - I work for an insurance company  Digit   Jan-19-07 09:03 PM   #80 
  - Last month I paid $375.00 to have one wisdom tooth extracted, (no insurance)  Imagevision   Jan-18-07 09:12 PM   #11 
  - But we are getting billed something like 3000 per tooth, under general anesthesia.  caligirl   Jan-18-07 09:25 PM   #12 
  - sounds suspiciously like fraud to me  pitohui   Jan-18-07 10:06 PM   #18 
  - Second that emotion.  raccoon   Jan-19-07 08:13 AM   #62 
  - I've had no problem getting quotes for the extraction of a wisdom tooth  Imagevision   Jan-19-07 07:57 AM   #59 
  - Right  itsjustme   Jan-19-07 08:59 PM   #78 
  - Hell, you got a good deal. They usually run $600 and up out here in Ca.  augie38   Jan-18-07 09:44 PM   #14 
  - Jaysus!  CountAllVotes   Jan-18-07 09:54 PM   #17 
  - My 4 extractions 5 years ago cost about that much  Nikia   Jan-18-07 10:20 PM   #21 
  - I was billed $4,000 for a birthing device that attaches to the child's head  alittlelark   Jan-18-07 10:09 PM   #19 
  - Teeth, can't live without them as they affect all aspects of health.  lonestarnot   Jan-18-07 10:13 PM   #20 
  - well you can surely live without wisdom teeth  pitohui   Jan-18-07 10:24 PM   #24 
     - We have to go through the lovely experience here ourselves very soon.  lonestarnot   Jan-19-07 07:56 AM   #58 
  - Something is very wrong with that bill  Horse with no Name   Jan-18-07 10:21 PM   #22 
  - thanks!  caligirl   Jan-18-07 10:32 PM   #26 
  - a couple years ago my other son had his done in an oral surgeons office  caligirl   Jan-18-07 11:08 PM   #29 
  - 1998 Cancer surgery 3 weeks in the hospital  133724   Jan-18-07 10:21 PM   #23 
  - No difficulties, he is a diabetic type 1 with an insulin pump,  caligirl   Jan-18-07 10:36 PM   #27 
     - 1st wife was a diabetic  133724   Jan-19-07 01:00 AM   #39 
        - sorry for your loss. We are insured, but the amount is just way to high.  caligirl   Jan-19-07 01:05 AM   #41 
        - Even if you're over the income limits? (i.e., you make enough to pay taxes)  benEzra   Jan-19-07 07:05 AM   #53 
  - A 3 tooth bridge complete with root canals $170, got to love it....  Phrogman   Jan-18-07 11:51 PM   #33 
  - lived at clark in the '60s, yes it was super cheap there.  caligirl   Jan-18-07 11:56 PM   #34 
     - Good dentists too, still give "gas" at some of the clinics  Phrogman   Jan-19-07 04:20 AM   #52 
  - Have you requested an itemized bill from the billing department?  colinmom71   Jan-19-07 12:24 AM   #35 
  - thanks. our sons have the same name. I hope to speak to the  caligirl   Jan-19-07 01:11 AM   #42 
  - Agree. That "hospital incidentals" stuff is total bullshit.  kath   Jan-19-07 08:35 PM   #76 
     - Hospital stock room signs "scan, scan , scan"  rainbow4321   Jan-20-07 11:50 PM   #91 
  - health care in the US is a disgrace  leftofthedial   Jan-19-07 01:01 AM   #40 
  - it's worse than a disgrace . . . it's a racket . . .  OneBlueSky   Jan-19-07 01:28 AM   #44 
     - The medical industrial complex.  roamer65   Jan-19-07 10:35 AM   #64 
        - yeah....i like that....quite fitting  NotGivingUp   Jan-19-07 09:02 PM   #79 
  - Another One of Those Things You Can't Afford to Do Anymore  Hidden Stillness   Jan-19-07 01:26 AM   #43 
  - Now, see, you shoulda waited until Rangel gets this draft going  GreenZoneLT   Jan-19-07 03:12 AM   #51 
  - $12,000 for 4 wisdom teeth? I'd be interested to know what your  Vinca   Jan-19-07 07:07 AM   #54 
  - Unbelievable  Corgigal   Jan-19-07 07:19 AM   #55 
  - My God, I only spent 1000 to 1400 for my four wisdom teeth removal.  Selatius   Jan-19-07 07:53 AM   #57 
  - At least you have insurance..  RedCappedBandit   Jan-19-07 08:01 AM   #61 
  - In 1986 I had a small nasal polyp removed in the doctor's office  truedelphi   Jan-19-07 11:34 AM   #66 
  - The insurance company will pay far less  kwassa   Jan-19-07 12:06 PM   #70 
  - dupe  undergroundpanther   Jan-19-07 02:17 PM   #71 
  - We need to get PROFIT MAKING  undergroundpanther   Jan-19-07 02:18 PM   #72 
  - Exactly.  Rosemary2205   Jan-19-07 08:43 PM   #77 
  - I'm on the telephone right now...  Earth_First   Jan-19-07 04:32 PM   #74 
  - I spent 3 hours in ER, ran some tests...bill was $8000  ourbluenation   Jan-19-07 08:27 PM   #75 
  - Forty five years ago my dentist pulled my wisdom teeth out  Cleita   Jan-19-07 09:06 PM   #82 
  - about 11 years ago my husband had all his wisdom teeth pulled for  bleedingheart   Jan-19-07 09:15 PM   #86 
     - I would really like to see dentistry covered by Medicare or  Cleita   Jan-19-07 09:50 PM   #87 
  - $90,000 - 10 days in neo-natal intensive care for my daughter  bleedingheart   Jan-19-07 09:12 PM   #85 
  - NICU is usually the hospitals' cash cow  rainbow4321   Jan-20-07 11:38 PM   #90 
     - I would not assume that Medicaid will pay for anything at all  bleedingheart   Jan-21-07 07:14 PM   #92 
  - Sheesh!!  JesterCS   Jan-20-07 11:24 PM   #89 
 

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