Medical Stress

Feb 24 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

Yesterday I received a medical bill for my husband, hardly an unusual occurrence given his brain tumor. Unlike the usual bills, this one included almost $4,000 in charges when his out-of-pocket expenses were satisfied last March.

Going through line-by-line, I discovered that no one filed claims for three procedures in November and December, including a surgical procedure that resulted in most of the amount due.

All of this should be covered.

I called the billing office, and they told me to tear up the bill and await a corrected one.

Yesterday was a stressful day anyway. We found out that the tumor was progressing again, and we are now waiting to hear what other trials my spouse can try.

Getting that bill was unnecessary stress. Part of me wanted to curl up and pretend it didn't exist. Part of me thought about just paying the damn thing so it went away. Luckily, the part that won said, "WTF? How can that be?" and went through the charges to find the problem.

Brain tumors suck.



3 responses so far

  • Arlenna says:

    Ugh Pascale I'm so sorry you're having to deal with that extra crap. You guys do not need this right now.

  • becca says:

    Yep. And you have better knowledge than most to tell it was an error.

    It wears you down. I'm so sorry these things happen. Sending you both warm thoughts.

  • Zuska says:

    Ugh. I am so sorry that you had to deal with that bill in the middle of what is surely more than enough stress and anxiety over your husband's condition.
    This extra pressure on patients and their families & caregivers is, I am convinced, a feature and not a bug of health insurance as it is currently structured in the U.S. Many are indeed overwhelmed and don't have the skills and stamina to sort through the billing mixups and fight the insurance companies and make the needed phone calls to the billing offices and just give up and pay.

    I'm glad you were able to summon the fortitude to deal with it but this is just something that sick people and their caregivers should not have to deal with in times of extreme crisis.

    Sending you hugs and good thoughts and hopes for no billing snafus for many months to come.

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