And all I can say is Pooldad is in the wrong business. I am thinking pharmacueticals is the place to be. From all appearances I took A LOT of drugs while I was there. PAGES of drugs tadpoles.
For a stay of 9 days it cost $52,768.55. Just to occupy the hospital room cost $1,100 per day.
Thank goodness a large portion of this is covered - as it appears now we are responsible for $6,859.00. Not exactly a drop in the bucket but a heck of a lot more manageable than the $52K, right? [I said "appears" because who can read this bill? It is 20 pages long and ends with "Amount due: 00.00" but the cover page says we owe the $6,859.00 - whatev.]
That $52K doesn't even include all the specialists I was treated to - the hematologists, the heart guys and the jerk internist? They all billed seperately.
What I was really curious to see was what a pint of blood costs - since I had six, but I either don't know what the correct terminology is for blood or they forgot to charge me because I can't find it on the bill. I know that sounds a bit creepy but I figure that is pretty much what actually saved my life and I was interested to see what they charged. [ETA: Found it - it is listed under "Storage and Processing" and each pint is $600 for a total of $3600. Yes, I have mad math skillz.]
What I really should add up are the charges for being on a 9 day high - Dilaudid [no I still can't spell it and it isn't written by that name on the bill] every 4 hours for 9 days? Yep - that is definitely a large part of it. I was certainly pain free for 9 days but I wouldn't want to ever have to take a pain killer like that for a long time. Loopy for a few days? Good - Whacked for the long term? No thanks. I like to remember the conversations I have had tyvm. [Thanks to Rudee I found this too - and it was $18.60 per shot. I don't think I want to add that up.]
The best part of the bill tho'? The payment plan they chose for us to pay off the balance. At $70 per month [quite affordable - I am not complaining] there is a very good chance in the EIGHT years it will take to pay it off