I'm So Damn Angry And Can't Do A Thing About It!3 months ago I took my son to the ER - he was having a nosebleed that just wouldn't quit. We were there for all of 2 hours, seen immediately and a very personable nurse took care of him - calmed him down, held a cold pack to his head, and changed his tissues when they got saturated. The doctor saw him all of 7-10 minutes, and only that long because he had to come back to get his sweater that he left on the chair. We have health insurance - and the billing woman said we were 'covered'.
1 month later, I got a bill from the hospital for 'what insurance did not cover'. $400. A couple of weeks later, I received a bill from the doctor's group $54 for 'what insurance didn't cover'. Yesterday, I get another bill from the same doctor's group for $500 - because the insurance company doesn't have a contract with them as a 'provider'.
I called the insurance company. I told them I chose an ER that was on their list - the rep told me that the doctor wasn't on their list. I asked her : how was I supposed to know that I had to question which staff in the ER is on their list or not. To her creidt she was polite and tried to be helpful - but I'm still pissed.
I am gonna pay over $900 out of my pocket for 2 hours in the ER? What the heck was the total cost! And how does a doctor justify $500 for 7 minutes of non-procedure time?
How just is that? How fair is that, when I am a single Mom, working 3 jobs just to make ends meet? I can't afford better insurance - just this piece-of-crap coverage that doesn't even cover basic stuff? What if he had to have surgery? What if it was something really big?
Am I the only person who is angry as hell about this? Isn't there anybody to complain to who gives a damn? Isn't there a group anywhere that is a watchdog to these greedy medical providers who are unethical and dishonest and downright greedy?
Used to be lawyers were the scum of the earth - now they have been replaced by doctors!
I want to scream but there's nobody listening, and hell - nobody cares any way.
ImHere2 51-55, F 4 Responses 1 Jun 7, 2011