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Finally! And bad news.

August 15th, 2016 at 02:25 pm

Today I managed to pay all my bills and completely pay off the balances on my credit cards. No more playing catch up! It's been months since I was able to see the entire balance at $0 and not just the statement balance.

I have an extra $26.23 left over which I sent to the LOC. Smile

Sadly I'm having some animal issues which I expect will cost around $150 on the safe side, in the next couple weeks.

Horrible weather we are having here. Nonstop rain for days, with the entire 10 day forecast 100% rain. This stinks since I am going to a goat show this weekend, and this weather will really put my poor goaties in bad condition. They eat a lot less when it's raining. My yard is a flood. I stepped in a water filled hole up to my knee yesterday. Oh well. It's out of my control.

Now for the really bad news.

I received a bill from the hospital yesterday. 10 pages of itemized costs. It says I owe $2,000 more for my hospital stay back in early January. Frown Frown How is this even legal? My family already paid $2,000 and I hadn't heard anything in months so I assumed that it was the end of it. How can they just send a huge bill 8 months later!? I swear I've already paid for most of the stuff on the itemized receipt. Are they double dipping? Going to talk with them today or tomorrow and try to find out what the heck is going on. I can't afford $2,000. I HATE the entire medical system. How can they take advantage of sick dying people? They charged me $7 for one Tylenol...

Really furious and upset. This is like the 4th bill from the hospital. Why was it not all at once?

6 Responses to “Finally! And bad news.”

  1. laura Says:

    Just cringed as I read this; I just got finished going through the stack of medical bills from my husband's cancer, and two ambulance rides/ER visits for two kids. I will owe these people forever ...

  2. klarose Says:

    Looking online at my insurance. I've already paid that exact amount to the penny back in April. So I am now thinking that this is just a itemized receipt... I hope. I'm not sure why it says Balance Due though...

  3. klarose Says:

    Laura I'm so sorry you are going through this. It's a real shame that they capitalize on people's health. It's sad that it can financially ruin you to pay for life saving services. What is wrong with our country? Someone in the family had a heart attack and had to be flown to a hospital. They later got a bill for over $50,000 that they owed, and they have good insurance! That's like a house payment for the next 30 years!!

  4. ceejay74 Says:

    I know, it's sick. Obama had a much stronger bill to improve healthcare affordability but it got watered down (mostly because of lobbyists and the congresspeople they own) to what we now know as Obamacare, which is an improvement over what came before but still not enough. My friends in the UK got nauseous hearing about how much our children's deliveries, NT's ambulance/overnight at the hospital, and his out-patient shoulder surgery cost us. And at the fact that we have no guaranteed paid parental leave. The friend I was talking to gets six months paid, minimum, and that's not very much by European standards.

    We are getting shafted, no doubt about it.

  5. snafu Says:

    I understand your frustration and hope you'll take the time to review all the charges as hospital billing is notorious for errors. It's also important to review what your parents paid and insurance covered. The Insurance industry typically reject paying for items within their policies because clients are often too ill to argue. It's easier to pay than dispute or confront clerks who are paid a bonus for adding profit to their organization.

    I don't think Americans would ever accept the 'one payer' universal medical insurance system prevalent in the other first world countries because these programs drastically increase income tax at all levels of government. I growl and complain about my quarterly payments assessed for income not yet earned. If not paid, I'm assessed a penalty in April of the following year...even if I'm due a refund.

    You've reminded me of the benefit that resulted from hospitalization, dozens and dozens of tests, post surgical care, LPN home care and hugely expensive prescriptions. So far my out-of-pocket costs have a been very modest $ 15. monthly prescription refill fee. I'm grateful to all the taxpayers of my province whose payments contribute to my ongoing care.

  6. Kiki Says:

    Deep breath.

    Sit down and look at every line item and make sure there is nothing listed twice.

    Make an inperson appointment to go theough the whole accounting with the hospital.

    I bet part if it is incomplete accounting on their part-do they have your payment reflected?

    Call your insurance. They can advocate for you. Make sure they have paid their fair share. Make them give you your EOC papers of how much they paid and in what! Negotiate with hosp. If you charge it all at once will they take a lesser amount?

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