RE: [Histonet]Hospital costs/new topic

From:"Allen, Rhonda"

If you have an PPO insurance, like I had with Blue Cross, you have to
pay 10% (I was lucky) of your hospital bill.  Having a same day surgery
my bill was $8800.  I had to pay 10%.  Now I switched to the Blue Cross
HMO.  If I have to have same day surgery again my bill will only be
$300.  Just think if you were an inpatient for a week or more.   With
the PPO you would have to pay 10% of the whole thing!  I think the $300
a day co-pay will be much cheaper.

Rhonda Allen

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Andrea
Sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2006 2:01 PM
Subject: Re: [Histonet]Hospital costs/new topic

I'm sure that most of us would be amazed to see an itemized list of 
hospital charges. I had Mohs surgery in Feb. That was done at the Mohs 
surgeon's office and the charges were pretty much as I expected. Then
days later I had reconstruction surgery done to repair the defect - 3
hours of outpatient surgery and the hospital bill was over $19,000. This

was not including the anesthesiologist and plastic surgeon's charges.
of blew me away. Thankfully my insurance plan is wonderful and my 
responsibility was very minimal but the itemized statement was wild!

At 01:28 PM 5/30/2006 -0400, you wrote:
>I had to write when I read the post on hospital charges. A few months  
>agao, my husband was having what I was pretty certain was appendix pain

>so we  went in to the ER. After they established that he did in fact 
>have a very ripe appendix that needed to come out, we were in the ER 
>for over 8 hours. He was admitted after he came out of recovery and was

>there for ~27 hours. I always like to take a look at the itemized bill 
>after you are released. Its rather amusing. There were so many charges 
>for the nurses coming in and changing his bandages and bedding and I 
>did most of that myself. Sometimes I had to call and
>practically beg them to come and change the bedding do drainage etc.
>rarely  came by except on scheduled rounds. We had to empty his drain 
>tube, etc.
>If I  had a spare IV bag laying around, I would have changed that too 
>since the
>alarm  wouldnt shut off (alarm silence button was broken). I asked if
>could have  some items to give him a sponge bath so he would feel a
>clean, get  the betadine and other stuff off. They were real quick to 
>inform me
>that that  was MY job not theirs. Times have changes. Long story short,
>unruptured appendix  , 1 day in the hospital all total ~30k. They said 
>that if it
>had ruptured  it would have been closer to 5-7 days and we dont even
want to
>think about that.  I was so thankful to have insurance. We only ended
>paying a
>few thousand  dollars.
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