Thursday, March 24, 2011


I've been monitoring the health insurance claims for the emergency surgery that I had to have two weeks ago.

So far, the hospital bill alone is over $20,000.00 -- and that doesn't include any of the doctors yet.

One shot of morphine cost $125.90.  One measly shot!

Next time I think I'll just die.

It would be cheaper.

(Okay, just kidding about that last bit.  But really! The charges they submit are ridiculous!)

- Catherine


The Tysor's said...

SO I totally feel your pain here. I had to get an itemized bill for Jordi's ER visit. To start an IV was over $ a nurse this skill takes me about 90 seconds on someone with her veins. The injection of 2mg of morphine was $98....i called my friend who works in that pharmacy to see what cost was on that morphine and its around $0.92...the neck brace they put on her cost me a shade over $500....same one you can order at a pharmacy/medical supply store for about $40. And since they put her on the backboard when she was being transported by ambulance, they consider that "advanced life support" and that bill was almost $700 for a 3.5 mile ride.....Now as a medical professional i know that we are also paying for nurse, pharmacist, EMT's time and such, but I also feel like there are so many people who don't have to pay for their health care that take advantage of the system, therefor brushing off increased costs to the insured and insurance companies. No wonder our rates are sky high! I could go on forever about this but I just wanted to let you know that someone feels your pain :/
love you and I hope you're doing well.

Catherine said...

Absolutely true -- we who have insurance are paying a lot more than we should, actually.