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  #101  
Unread 12-19-2007, 06:23 AM
Hospital bills!

It is amazing the differences in cost! 8,000 in meds?!? I suggest you question it, I have read that there are many errors on hospital bills.
Mine are all in now, I have no insurance and I get a 5% discount for that and another 5% if I pay in full in 10 days. The hospital will set up a payment program (200 a month for 4 years at 8%)
The hospital was 6,300.
The Doctor was 2,000, paid before surgery.
The Anesthesia Dr was 960, he reduced to 560 when I offered to pay now.
I have found many Dr.'s will reduce the fee if you pay up front, others will work with you.
I have chosen to not buy insurance (hubby is self employed and I work at a school part time). We have a FSA and put money away instead of paying premiums. At the end of the year we put the money not spent in an IRA. Works well most years!
I feel very fortunate to be able to have had this surgery and not worry about a 30,000 bill!
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  #102  
Unread 12-19-2007, 09:09 AM
Hospital bills!

To the women in Canada, or anywhere there is a public health system, I am curious.... how long did you have to wait before you had your surgery, and were you able to chose your doctor/surgeon?
  #103  
Unread 12-19-2007, 10:54 AM
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since my insurance paid everything since it was an in patient surgery -- I never saw what the final bill was --
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  #104  
Unread 12-19-2007, 12:42 PM
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I saw my doc yesterday for my 6week post op and HIS portion was about 4k. I don't know about the hopital yet... my insurance will pay all (or what ever their negitiated ammount is) my out of pocket for the year is 1500 and that was met preop.
  #105  
Unread 12-19-2007, 01:01 PM
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I am one of the Canadian women. Yes, I choose my doctor and surgeon.
The way it works is my family doctor sent me to see the specialist. He is a gyno/surgeon. He recommended the surgery and I was put on his waiting list. I could of gone to a different specialist if I had wanted too for a second opinion or if I wanted someone else. But he is the best in my area and at my local hospital.
That was in Feb 07. I was told at the time it would be about a 7-8 month wait. He is a very busy doctor.
I got a call about 4 months later asking me if I would want my surgery during the summer, I said no and because I had a weekend conference in mid October, I told them I wanted to wait until later October, early Nov. I ended up having it Nov 16th.
There was no reason for me to have it any sooner. If it had been more urgent, I would of gotten in much sooner.
For example..........I wouldn't of waited if there was fear of cancer.
A friend was diagnosed with colon cancer and was in having surgery within a week.
So yes, we wait sometimes. But I would much rather wait than pay thousands of dollars.
  #106  
Unread 12-19-2007, 01:06 PM
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My hospital bill was $9400.00 and the ob gyn was $4700.00. I have not received my anesthesia bill yet. I have only had to pay $165.00 out of pocket becuase we had met our deductible. I have a PPO plan so everything was in network. Thank goodness for great insurance.
  #107  
Unread 12-19-2007, 06:41 PM
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I had a TAH/LSO with a 2-night stay in a semi-private room, which worked out to be private because I was on the peds floor and they don't mix adult and child patients (I presume). My room was enormous, everyone remarked on it.

I haven't received a statement from my GYN's office, I don't know that I will since my insurance covers my surgery 100%, which includes the pre-op and post-op. I'm sure I'll eventually get an insurance statement but it probably won't even be billed to insurance until I've been given the all-clear and am no longer under treatment for the surgery.

I did receive a statement from my hospital. The bill was $7,334.12, with everything covered 100%. Room and board was $1,520.00. Pharmacy, including IV solutions, was a total of $269.91. Lab charges were $149.00, Pathology was $21.00. OR Services were $4,036.00 and anesthesia $256.19. And I was charged an Admitting Fee of $72.00! I was relieved to see "Estimated Patient Due: $0.00!"

That should leave the charges from the anesthesiologist and whomever the assisting surgeon was.

I was so relieved today when my husband came home with paperwork telling me that we're keeping the same insurance plan next year. Even the customer service rep at our insurance company, when I called pre-op to review coverage, informed me that we have excellent coverage!

Count me in among one of the ones who is astounded in the different fees everyone is paying!
  #108  
Unread 12-19-2007, 07:00 PM
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I was quite surprised to see that out of a $24,000 surgery, my gyn's part was only $1600. Her assistant made $336 and the anesthesiologist made $2000. The rest goes to the hospital for their horrible care. My gyn/surgeon deserved more than the hospital did.
  #109  
Unread 12-19-2007, 07:23 PM
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irenenot,

Show off! LOL! Okay, I am only kidding!

Yes, it would be really nice to have a great health care system in the US.
  #110  
Unread 12-19-2007, 08:26 PM
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I am sorry that some of you have such high bills. That stinks!

I am thankful for my insurance company....I only had a $10. copay for my doc's first visit. Once referred for surgery and approved, it is all covered until I am released from the post op.

It is amazing that people have to pay and I feel bad for you guys!

I am not bragging...just thankful!
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