Hospital bills that really sting

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Mike, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    The scorpion antivenom is manufactured in Mexico where it sells for $100 a dose. In the U.S. a Tennessee-based company sells the drug to distributors for $3500 a dose, which in turn charges hospitals $3780 a dose.

    Hospitals in Arizona are marking it up to $39,652 per dose.

    Personally, I think the hospital staff that bill this should be prosecuted for insurance fraud.

    USA Today: Ouch! Hospital to review woman's $83,046 scorpion sting bill
     
  2. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Nothing surprising in how medical items are priced in the U.S. This is where medical reform needs to take place.

    I had a lumbar pain injection and on reviewing the $12,000 bill noted that I was being charged $40 for a .25 cent skin marking pen.

    http://www.amazon.com/Sterile-Surgical-Skin-Marking-Pen/dp/B004RASXEO

    I agree 100% that insurance companies should investigate such billings for insurance fraud.
     
  3. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    At that expense, I wood forgo treatment.
     
  4. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Well I only paid a fraction of that and insurance only paid a small amount. Being the spouse of a hospital employee does have some benefits. I don't know why it was so expensive, done as day surgery, sedation, small procedure room, and a couple of hours in recovery.
     
  5. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Oh dont get me started on billing and costs in private insurance, let alone medicare medicaid.

    Dang my Lumber injections were only $3,000

    Even though my deductible gets met quickly each year I still go over all my medical bills with a fine tooth comb and call when I see something odd.
     

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