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  •  Have you tried talking with your doctor (17+ / 0-)

    and see if he/she can work with you on your side of the bill? I've had some do so, even when I had insurance.

    "You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty." Mohandas Gandhi

    by cv lurking gf on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 03:59:58 PM PST

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    •  Those numbers are just my deductibles (15+ / 0-)

      I have no idea what the surgeon's fees will be, but I know it's the hospital that will be hardest on the 20%. Insurance most certainly sucks in this country.

      My best friend from Germany's sis was diagnosed with ovarian cancer this last summer. She had her surgery and is picked up and driven to her chemo and back home. She has been sent to a spa resort in N. Germany in the middle of chemo treatments and this summer she will be sent to France's wine region because they believe the air and grapes help the blood. It goes on and on and her total out of pocket has been $180.

      We are so screwed here and yet we cling to it.

      "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

      by high uintas on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 04:38:00 PM PST

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      •  A friend who had surgery a while back, (4+ / 0-)

        but has insurance with deductibles, was able to get the hospital to reduce the amount of the deductible she paid them. That does not go back as a deductible as it is voluntary on the part of the hospital and doctors. You do have to talk with all providers: hospital, surgeon, anesthesiologist, and lab providers. (Whew; I think I got them all.)

         I agree the system here is atrocious. I think it's partially that so few people truly face serious medical intervention. As one who has had an even dozen surgeries (thank you very much, I'm done sir, nope, no more, really, step away. Now.), I have enlightened many who complain about doctors and hospitals and forget the effect on them by insurance and pharmaceutical companies.

        "You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty." Mohandas Gandhi

        by cv lurking gf on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 06:31:15 AM PST

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