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That silly little trip to the hospital back in August managed to cost me:


I can't believe I'm paying $1500 for them to tell me that they THINK I might have had a kidney stone.

I can understand the cost of the X-rays and the blood and urine tests or the cost of one bag of saline and intravenous drip.

I can understand paying for the doctor's and x-ray technician's time.

But why does it feel like everyone at the hospital dipped their hands into my file to get a little money then called all their friends from other hospitals, too, to come their share from the girl who has no insurance and has to suck it up and pay. (I know this is rather the opposite of the truth. I know that they would rather get their hands on the open vein of the insurance company rather than a case without insurance.)

I've gotten three separate bills from different agencies with just the price I owe them and nothing detailing exactly what my money is paying for. So I've called up these places and asked for an itemized list similar to the ones that they give the insurance companies.

What's worse is that when I went into the hospital and they didn't give me anything for the pain at all, which is what provoked my going into the hospital in the first place.

If I'd known they were just going to take x-rays and hand me a pee-strainer, I'd have bloody well stayed at home! In my opinion, they did nothing for me.

What's worse is that my credit card bills had just been paid off, literally, the week before (thanks to help from family). I was completely debt-free except for student loans. Now I'm back in debt again.

I'm never going to the hospital again unless I'm unconscious and someone else carries me in against my will.

mood: infuriated infuriated
music: Peter Gabriel - "In Your Eyes"

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From: gothicbeauty21 Date: September 27th, 2002 10:41 am (UTC) (link)
Let me guess, you went to the Oxford Emergency Room. I had a car wreck spring of 2000 where I rolled/flipped my van down a ravine. Want to know what I got for my pain? 2 Tylenol, which I told them not to give me because I suffer from migranes, but they gave me anyway. I had two GASHES on my neck. What did they do with them? Wiped them off with a cotten ball and put a fucking BAND AID on them. Oh, the the bitches didn't even check my head, to make sure there were no injuries to it, they just took the EMT at her word when she said SHE DIDN'T FEEL ANY CRACKS. So, unbeknownst to any of us, I have a gash that runs pretty much the length of the back of my head, bleeding onto the back of the gurney.

5 hours later, and the Tylenol I wasn't supposed to have had long worn off, my mother is able to come get me to take me home. As I sit up, she notices that the back of the gurney is completely soaked. She puts her hand to the back of my head, and it comes back solid red. The staff starts getting nervous ("I thought you checked her head." "No, I thought you did it.") She glares at them, and in a very low voice says, "If my daughter has a concussion or serious brain damage as a result of your incompetence, you WILL be hearing from my lawyer."

She takes me home, to the family doctor, who cleans me up and pronounces me ok.

And the bastards had the balls to send me a bill just under $2000. And what sucks is I HAVE insurance, but for some ungodly reason, the hospital didn't bill them, and because the hospital didn't bill them the insurance comp wouldn't pay for it. *sigh*

I hope nothing serious happens to me like that again. I'll ask to be taken to Memphis before I let ANYONE at Oxford work on me again.
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: September 27th, 2002 04:54 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh my word! What a horror story!

While a kidney stone was immensely painful, it wasn't likely to kill me. Your situation might have been extremely serious. They are lucky (well, and you are, too) that their negligence didn't fuck anything up more than it already was.

I'm wondering if it's possible to dispute some of their charges without having to take them to court.
From: gothicbeauty21 Date: September 27th, 2002 08:46 pm (UTC) (link)


I'll be glad when I get married and get the hell outta here
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: September 27th, 2002 09:47 pm (UTC) (link)
You can leave whether you're married or not :) What's holding you down here?

And I can understand. My hometown of Hattiesburg wasn't awful; I actually really loved it. But I did want to be some place new for college. Now that I've lived here in Oxford for five years, I definitely can see how miserable this place could have been for someone who grew up here.
From: gothicbeauty21 Date: September 27th, 2002 10:06 pm (UTC) (link)


It's my family that's holding me down, because I don't have an excuse yet to leave. But once I get married, it'll be a different story. Christopher more than likely won't want to start his political career in MS. He's said one or two things along the lines of wanting to move back to Cincinnati after college. So, I have that to look forward to.
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: September 27th, 2002 10:18 pm (UTC) (link)
Political career? Wow. What a lovely thought, geeks slowly becoming entrenched in politics and helping to rule the world (assuming he's as much of a geek as I am)!
From: gothicbeauty21 Date: September 27th, 2002 10:19 pm (UTC) (link)


Oh, he is, I assure you.

He'll be Pressydant one day :D
From: gothicbeauty21 Date: September 27th, 2002 08:46 pm (UTC) (link)


I really don't know. I guess you could call their claims dept, if they have one. My mom helped me pay mine off.

but the more time passes the more I believe something WAS damaged in that wreck. My memory's gone to shit, I don't speak as clearly as I used to, and I have occassional hand tremors. *sigh*
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: September 27th, 2002 09:46 pm (UTC) (link)
Err...can we say lawsuit?

I know it's a hell of a lot of trouble and expensive, but if it's a sure result of their negligence, they deserved to be taken to court.
From: gothicbeauty21 Date: September 27th, 2002 09:58 pm (UTC) (link)


See, it wasn't the first wreck I was in. I don't know if the problems are a result of it, or a previous one, or something else altogether.
adara1031 From: adara1031 Date: September 28th, 2002 07:46 pm (UTC) (link)
eeeks! I'm sorry you got such a bill... the honest to god problem behind it all is a combination of insurance not paying beans and the rising cost of malpractice insurance (don't get me started on the problems in MS), but still, that's rather rediculous... but then, that's why when I had my last stone, I just went to student health... ER visits are way too expensive for my budget... *HUGS*
havoknkaos From: havoknkaos Date: September 30th, 2002 08:36 am (UTC) (link)
The forms you want are called a UB92 and a 1500. Call the administrative office at the hospital for copies.

lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: October 1st, 2002 09:50 am (UTC) (link)
The forms I want to contest the amount I have to pay or the forms that they will give me to itemize the cost?
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