A couple of months ago went into the hospital for some major back surgery, and went home on the third day. Fortunately, Medicare and my secondary insurance will pay for almost all of it.
I received a statement from the hospital today listing all the charges, and I see why Medicare is in trouble, as well as everybody who has or does not have insurance when I peruse some of the charges. The total was $23,881.77.
I understand that most hospitals are making only a minimal profit, if any at all, and are in financial difficulties. However, even so, some of these are outrageous.
The room charge is understandable, i guess, at $2,310 as is the cost for the OR and some other things. However, I shudder at some others. I was in the Recovery Room for about an hour, and the very attentive nurses kept checking me, but nothing really was done until I was taken up to my room. The cost: $892.
Radiology, I don’t understand, as had all the CT scans and X-rays done before, but I suppose they did some during the surgery, but the cost was $1,303.
Here’s a good one, Physical Therapy. The afternoon after the surgery, a PT came and had me do a few exercises, and walk around the room. Total time was about ten minutes. The next day she came back after I had done the exercises myself, and walked me around the halls for about another ten minutes. That cost $823!
“Supplies,” whatever that was other than the dressings on the incision, was $1,077. Huh?
Drugs. OK, they had me on several painkillers day and night for two days (I went home on the third day before taking any). Unbelievable total for that: $2565!
The service was excellent, even the food was good, and everybody was outstanding in their help, concern and treatment. However, I can see now why the health care system is in some serious trouble. I have to wonder if Medicare ever peruses these charges and questions any before just going ahead and paying them. Certainly, there is some room for wonder about many of these.
Ah, well, I am fortunate that it was all paid and that I’m recovering on schedule.