$3.500 for a routine needle in the gums, eh? Why aren't the directors of that hospital in jail?$3,500 for a $35 procedure. And THAT, folks, is why you can't have universal health care in the US. NO gov't or taxpayers could support that kind of highway robbery.<quoted text>
Oh, and I wasn't trying to imply it was the fault of the staff.
A handful of people run hospitals, it is their decision. The x-rays happen regardless of which doctor/doctors happen to be on duty.
My story was basically that I was convinced by the wife to go to the ER for an abscess under my gums. I walked in without my insurance card but really only needed the thing punctured. I was going to do it myself but she convinced me because I could get antibiotics.
Regardless, I spent a total of 7 mins in the ER. Three of those were spent with a P.A. The lady stuck a needle in my mouth and wrote me a prescription for the "new" antibiotics.
The bill was just about 3500 dollars before insurance paid.
Didn't have my prescription card with me either. Decided to fill the script anyhow... how much could 4 pills be? Well, the asking price was 244 dollars.
I decided to risk infection. I wasn't going to pay that and I wasn't letting my insurance pay that.
The price gouging from the ER visit was not from test. I didn't have any. It was them passing off the debt from people who don't pay.
I didn't know how much a yearly full medical cost in Canada because we don't pay anything when we leave the doctor's cabinet. So, last time I saw her for something routine, I asked her what the gov't pays her for a routine visit and a yearly medical.$35 and $80 in that order, she said. And may I point out, she is not on welfare. Can someone give me a clue as to how much the equivalent two visits cost in the U.S.?