Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Naps and Hospital Bills

Here I am, trying to be a real person today. First full day back at work, and I'm already tired at 9:15 in the morning. I'm really not sure what's going on – I've been doing so well through this whole thing, and now I've been absolutely exhausted for the last two days and want to do nothing but lay in bed all day.

I'm sure it's all part of the healing process, but I'm ready to be done already. I want my energy level back! My enthusiasm! My ability to sleep between the hours of 11pm and 7am! Is that too much to ask?

On a completely unrelated note, I got my insurance statement for my surgery. My one-day stay in the hospital – not counting the surgeon, anesthesiologist, assistant, etc. – just the stay – was billed at somewhere around $50,000. I say somewhere, because they've apparenty tried to bill it three times, for between $45,000 and $54,000. Of course the insurance company doesn't allow them to bill that much, and the actual amount paid will be much lower, but that is just absolutely ludicrous for a 33-hour hospital stay, in my opinion.

The whole thing's only going to cost us around $1,000 out-of-pocket, and then we've met our deductible for the year. I told J this is the time to see a doctor if he needs to, 'cause it's free until January 1!


Lyse2143 said...

I think it is absolutely crazy as well that you just basically sleeping there and getting checked on costs that much money?? Now I don't mean to insult any nurses, because I know they do more than that, but you're right. That cost is absolutely ludacris. Sorry you are sleepy lady. I hope it gets better!

Shannon said...

Hope your energy comes back soon!

And that bill? Good lord! Healthcare costs are so out of control

CathyMD said...

I hope that energy returns. That bill sounds shockingly gigantic to me. Perhaps at that price some bionic pieces were also installed! Bionic ute - wouldn't that rock!