You know what I really hate about our healthcare system?
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Started by TimNew - April 17, 2019, 2:23 p.m.

My recent brush was handled effectively and professionally.  I'd venture to guess than just about any misstep along the way would have yielded a very different outcome. So, quality of care is not the issue here.

My recent brush has been an education.

A little background.  I walked into an urgent care facility with some discomfort in my lower abdomen. No idea why, but knew something was wrong.  While there,  I passed out for about 4 minutes and woke as they were about to load me into an ambulance.

The ambulance took me to an emergency room where they did a CT scan and identified the problem which they were not prepared to handle.

Off in another ambulance ride to another hospital where I was rushed through the emergency room into surgery. Then 3 days in ICU, another 4 days in a private room.  Then home to complete recovery. 

This leads to my complaint.  

3 facilities and two ambulance rides.  In a perfect world,  I'd have 5 bills to pay, right?

So far,  I've paid 20 invoices and expect more. Contractors, subcontractors, assorted LLC's,  specialists,. As they filter through my insurance co.    

I won't see any more out of pocket this year for me or my wife.  We used up the deductible and out of pocket with this adventure.  So that's good,  but dayum,  when will al these nickle and dime invoices stop?

By metmike - April 17, 2019, 2:54 p.m.
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Wow, quite an ordeal Tim! Glad you survived and are recovering.

Since you've hit your max out of pocket expense, you should have other things done that you considering but in the past put off or, especially in this case, assumed that your health was great and didn't need.

Minor surgeries..........things like cataracts(you're pretty young for that) or a bone spur that's been bothering you.

Or hemmroids that could be fixed with a rubber band ligation for instance. There are dozens of other things.

Thanks for sharing that amazing story. I'll bet you cherish every day now here in the land of the living.