bleach168 wrote:I took a look at their website and they claim to have lost $55 million last year in unpaid medical services and they spent another $80 in community benefits projects whatever that means. So it's up to people like you to foot that bill.
I think they expect you to negotiate the bill down so they sent you a bill that's double or triple what they expect you to ultimately pay. They probably have a whole wing of administrators whose job it is to fight over hospital bills and their substantial salaries are going to be added to your bill too.
Of course they "claim" a loss, it's all part of the "game" for them. They made money hand over fist, no doubt about it.
In my life, I have never let or allowed a bill go unpaid. Big, small, worth it, a waste, whatever. I even paid every penny of the $16K for my appendectomy even thought I thought it was highly overpriced, simply because without it, I'd have died and simply because I pay my bills, period.
This bill though? Had it been a cash transaction, for the first time in my life, I'd have told them to take a flying leap and wouldn't have paid one red cent. It's insulting to me that someone had the audacity to send such an outrageous bill and it is thievery, plain and simple. I'd go so far as to say that kind of overbilling and billing for services not performed (the trauma team did exactly ZERO) is illegal, but I haven't talked to an attorney...yet (undecided at the moment).
Maybe people telling them to "shove it" due to their stealing is what caused them to "claim" they "lost" $55 million to begin with.
With stories like this, I can't believe there's not a bunch of hospital administrators being attacked, tortured, and held for ransom.
I have no doubts that hospitals and doctors will start feeling the wrath of those they steal from soon enough.
GiantsFan14 wrote:my roommate fell off a ladder and shattered his heel a couple months ago. he doesn't have insurance and didn't think it was broken at first, but after a couple days of pestering by his mom he eventually went to a hospital to get it checked out. one doctor looked at him, he got a couple x-rays, had a cast put on and was in and out in a couple of hours. he got a bill a couple weeks ago for over $18,000. absolutely insane. our health care system is completely effed and i doubt that universal health care is going to do anything but make it worse.
I couldn't agree more. I just wish Obama had spent his time going after those responsible for the mess (the hospitals) instead of doing nothing but causing the cost of health insurance to get even higher and more unaffordable.
Sorry to hear about your friend.
Yes doctor, I am sick.
Sick of those who are spineless.
Sick of those who feel self-entitled.
Sick of those who are hypocrites.
Yes doctor, an army is forming.
Yes doctor, there will be a war.
Yes doctor, there will be blood.....