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    Above the FRAY Friday13's Avatar
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    "Surprise"...always check your hospital bill

    "$40 for holding your baby"?

    Hospital Charged Mom $1K for a Circumcision ... For Her Daughter
    Lisa Powell-Dejong laughed when she looked at the list of hospital charges from giving birth to her daughter, Liberty Mae. That's because among the charges for more expected things like the NICU stay and blood tests, was $1,216.50 for a circumcision. Yeah, a circumcision ... for her newborn daughter.

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    Powell-Dejong hopes her story will help prompt people to look more closely at their medical bills and ask for a detailed or itemized statement. Chances are, there's probably a mistake or questionable charge, like this $40 charge to hold your baby. A 2013 hospital audit by Medicare found that about 49 percent of bills contained errors. Question discrepancies before it gets a lot tougher to dispute and lands your account in collections. Giving birth is already expensive enough in the U.S. and can even land parents in debt or consider filing for bankruptcy.[b]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Friday13 View Post
    Not surprising.

    It cost me over 2 grand just to get blood drawn when I went to the ER.

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    My ex-wife - or, rather, her insurance - was billed $1,200 for a glass of orange juice after I had brought her to the ER for having an insulin reaction.

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    This is why I hate digital billing and "green policies." Last time we had a hospital bill, they refused to itemize our bill citing it wasnt needed due to them going paperless and being green. I asked for a digital itemized bill then and they charged us for it. I really hate this. Some stores are doing it now, making you pay for a paper receipt. I swear its like they dont want you to see what they are charging for. I bet quite a few dont bother either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    This is why I hate digital billing and "green policies." Last time we had a hospital bill, they refused to itemize our bill citing it wasnt needed due to them going paperless and being green. I asked for a digital itemized bill then and they charged us for it. I really hate this. Some stores are doing it now, making you pay for a paper receipt. I swear its like they dont want you to see what they are charging for. I bet quite a few dont bother either.
    And, meanwhile, in what I am SURE is totally unrelated news, President Trump is eviscerating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or CFPB........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Friday13 View Post



    When our son was born, they hospital was big on giving moms a break and would take the baby to the nursery at times to give mom a rest.


    our second child they claimed to have shut down the nursury and claimed that they never want to separate the mom from the baby.


    They tried to charge our insurance $1500 for "nursery care".


    When I argued they asked "what do you care, the insurance will pay".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev. Hellh0und View Post
    When our son was born, they hospital was big on giving moms a break and would take the baby to the nursery at times to give mom a rest.


    our second child they claimed to have shut down the nursury and claimed that they never want to separate the mom from the baby.


    They tried to charge our insurance $1500 for "nursery care".


    When I argued they asked "what do you care, the insurance will pay".
    Thats what they said to us as well when we asked for the itemized bill. They act like who cares if insurance pays for a big chunk of it? I suppose there is some truth to it though, how many people call and complain about a $100 aspirin if insurance paid for it? I doubt any.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Thats what they said to us as well when we asked for the itemized bill. They act like who cares if insurance pays for a big chunk of it? I suppose there is some truth to it though, how many people call and complain about a $100 aspirin if insurance paid for it? I doubt any.


    this was straight up fraud however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Friday13 View Post
    49 percent is not a pattern of mistakes. It's a pattern of fraud and should be prosecuted criminally.
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    That's because insurance refuses claims, denies payment and pushes the cost of operating insurance companies onto the companies they do business with.
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