Hospital cost absurdity
I had my implant surgery on December 5, 2007. I finally received my hospital bill on June 13, 2008. Seven months seems like quite a delay. No details, just a one page bill for just under $2k (representing the balance of my annual deductible and a copay). They will be sending details in response to my request. From correspondence with my insurance company - the billed list price from the hospital was about $114k. Insurance only paid $27k. $84k was the negotiated price reduction achieved by the insurance company. I was in the hospital for a total of 7 days - all of the time in the coronary care unit. This price does not include insurance negotiated bills for Doctors and some diagnostics (multiple chest x-ray, CAT scan and MRI) but it includes everything else - including the PM itself. So the hospital is getting less than $30k for a week of 24 hour care and monitoring plus over 3 hours in the cath lab - I find this an amazingly low number. FYI - the hospital is in the San Francisco Bay area and is in financial difficulty. The insurance negotiators seem to have the upper hand. The rest of the Dr and diagnostics costs totaled under $10k. My unique situation required the one-week stay plus all the diagnostics so just a PM implant with a hospital overnight would be a lot less. To me, these almost sound like developing country medical care costs.