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From physically to financially crippled

Posted: March 30, 2012 - 8:35am

I just got off the phone with a friend that lives in Kenai. He is recovering from a hiking accident that resulted in a fractured foot. He's trying to come to terms with a hospital bill for $54,000.00. He has traded being physically crippled for being financially crippled. Perusing the billing statement he found that the surgeon had used four screws to hold his foot together. Cost for each screw: $708.00. That's right -- $708.00 for each of four screws. These must be pretty special screws. And there's a debate as to whether or not America needs to correct basic flaws in the medical delivery system. My pal is getting screwed in more ways than one.

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Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 04/01/12 - 03:09 pm
I know there use to be

I know there use to be catastrofic illness assistance money for cases like this if no insurance was avalible.
If one checks their bills usually one will find charges that are impossed for services that where never rendered as well.
The high costs are due to the hospitals desire to off set costs for those that can't pay, or can't pay all the bill.
These unpaid costs are partially recovered by those that have insurance in most cases and pay the higher rates i have learned as of late from news on the Tele about just such cases in the lower 48.

It,s another vicious circle in the MONEY-oply game being played by many to try & cope with skyrocketing prices everywhere due to greed when More is never enough.

Good luck to your friend with this bill and maybe this will help others realize what could happen to them at any moment as well. None of us have a guarantee on life & must be prepared for eternity most of all which could come at any moment, just like a broken foot

Jeremiah 6:17

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