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chamberc
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join:2008-08-05
Irving, TX

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reply to billydunwood

Re: Hospital Milking us and insurance company/Brotman Medical

said by billydunwood:

Just my rant about how this hospital not only sucks, but how they also overcharge and sneak in charges by just putting, miscellaenous.

Those charges have to be included in order to recoup costs incurred by patients not paying for services. It is similar to taxes where you are paying for services you are not consuming.

Dodge
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join:2002-11-27

said by chamberc:

said by billydunwood:

Just my rant about how this hospital not only sucks, but how they also overcharge and sneak in charges by just putting, miscellaenous.

Those charges have to be included in order to recoup costs incurred by patients not paying for services. It is similar to taxes where you are paying for services you are not consuming.

I had a hospital bill like that several years ago. When I asked the hospital to explain the charge, they pretty much told me that there are charges in there for non-paying patients.

I politely explained to them that I am not a charity and have no intention of sponsoring anyone. After a long argument about "state mandated" this and "we'll file collections" that, I was able to explain to them that if they file the collections and ruin my credit over these charges, then I may as well not pay anything at all and settle with collections for pennies on a dollar in a few years.

All of a sudden the charges were gone. (Funny how "blackmail" works both way:)

Oh and I did force them to recalculate the co-insurance based on insurance agreed upon rates, not their random numbers.


Fir_Na_Tine
Giggity Giggity
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join:2001-01-03
Sout Joisy

I think they send out bills and inflate them just to see if they get paid. My wife had some X ray and a Ultrasound thing done and we paid cash at the time it was done since we don't have any insurance. About a week later a bill from the radiological center came in. I called to complain that we paid already and were told no more charges. She said it was sent out by accident. Funny because a month later we had similar X rays done and same thing happened. I think they hope that it will just get paid without the person investigating it. Extra money for them.

Another reason we should have universal healthcare in this country. Families shouldn't go broke and into huge unrecoverable debit because of health reasons.
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AVD
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Onion, NJ
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said by Fir_Na_Tine:

I
Another reason we should have universal healthcare in this country. Families shouldn't go broke and into huge unrecoverable debit because of health reasons.

we need REFORM, against all these scams and illicit practices.
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bombadill
Honest it just fell apart in my hands
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join:2008-11-10
australia
reply to Fir_Na_Tine

said by Fir_Na_Tine:

Another reason we should have universal healthcare in this country. Families shouldn't go broke and into huge unrecoverable debit because of health reasons.

In Aus. we may pay higher tax rates but we do get a fairly good "universal" medical insurance scheme for the unemployed, pensioners and chronically ill. I've got cancer and am an age pensioner. If I had to pay the stated price for my 6 monthly injections I'd not be here today.

Paying tax all my working life has been a benefit although for 50 working years I've complained about my taxes.

At the risk of being flamed, I do find it difficult to come to terms with what I read about your 'fiscal cliff" argument that says, I'll not pay more tax, but do want the government to provide me services.

TANSTAAFL


jubangy
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join:2005-03-26
Corry, PA

Probably because every time they raise the tax to cover something they also raise "their cut" which means in a year or 2 down the road they are raising the same taxes to cover the exact same things the taxes previously raised were supposed to cover.