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April 11th, 2016 at 03:50 pm

Well it finally happened. I have started receiving medical bills for my long stay in the hospital in January. Frown

My mom had graciously agreed to pay all the bills for me. She just wanted me to get better, and not worry about the money issues.

But in the past week we have already received over $1,200 in bills. And the doctor hasn't sent his bill yet.

Originally we thought I wouldn't have much to pay, because in-patient care is sometimes covered 100%.

I have good insurance, with a deductible of only $635. So I'm not sure why the amount is so much. We will have to look into it some more. But I don't feel comfortable letting my mom pay it all, so it's definitely going to affect our budget. Just not sure how much yet.

Garden boxes were filled in, but it's been getting below freezing at night, and it has been raining all day yesterday, last night, and still raining today. Planting will have to wait a little while longer. Until then the plants will do fine in our sun room.

5 Responses to “Medical Bills”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    I would wait at least two months before I even thought about paying bills. They seem to send a bill, then a revised bill, then another bill from some other entity so that you don't have a complete picture for a long time. How can you make plans to pay off big bills when new ones keep imposing themselves? When my son was hospitalized one bill arrived after a year.

  2. klarose Says:

    It's ridiculous isn't it! You never know what you are really paying for, or how much you will owe. It's so frustrating, and certainly feels like a big scam.

  3. snafu Says:

    Klarose, everyone needs to check every line item on every medical bill because the errors are legendary. Be prepared to dispute every sum, check and re-check why in-patient care hasn't covered each item on the bill. They are notorious for over charging, double charging, incorrect procedure numbers, listing wrong fee for the various procedures and counting on patients who are ill, recovering unable to spend energy to protest.

    I can't explain why there are so many errors in billing, perhaps it's pressure on billing clerks who have every stroke counted or the profit demanded by shareholders but it's gone to ridiculous.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I agree with Joan, don't pay now. And don't be afraid to question the billing office; they will listen to you and work with you. At least that's been my experience.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    I'm going through the same thing right now. Too many medical bills coming in at random times.

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