Monday, May 19, 2008

Here Come The Bills...

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Over the weekend we received the first bill for DD's heart surgery. As far as we can tell it is just the lab work.


5 pages of lab work.


$30,903.83

How on earth can people afford this without insurance (or in the case of Praying for Parker, when your insurance refuses to pay any more)?

I could not begin to translate most of the lab language: CMPAT TST ANTIGLB TEACH EA for $222.06. Something about a plasma thaw for $109. Platelet something-or-other for $807. What is a Perfusionist? Those services cost $2362. There are a ton of blood gas , calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, and glucose. The last two pages seem to be only drugs.

Just wait till the bills come for the surgeons, anesthesiologist, PICU, and regular hospital stay. I am sure I am leaving a ton of people out.

Let me add a Monday gratitude: OUR INSURANCE! (I sure hope I do not have to eat those words later. I shouldn't.)

2 comments:

Smith Nation said...

I really enjoyed your blog. I will be praying for Parker. Thanks for the good read.

Spice Girl said...

I remember being completely blown away with my mom's neurosurgery bills. Wow. I think her head eventually cost over a million dollars. Really.

After my leg surgery, Bill joked that I had a bionic leg. The blood thinners alone cost somewhere around $2K. Insurance is a good thing.