Wednesday, April 15, 2009


$86,975.66*. That is how one hospital stay throws a family into bankruptcy. That is how losing a job or trying to game the COBRA system for a month can ruin someone financially.


That is my bill for 15 days at Memorial Hospital. I felt fine three days before admission.

Thanks to my insurance, my share of this bill will be $250.

I've seen a lot of big medical bills, but I never get used to them.


* I'm not certain, but I believe that that this figure leaves off some very expensive charges from physicians and anesthesiologists. In that case, my 15 day stay could easily top $100,000.

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