Saturday, June 12, 2010
What does a broken leg cost?
Man, if I could, I would scream rape. really. Lemme break (ehem) it down for you.
6 mile drive to hospital - $1118.00
mileage for ride $186.00
because I did this at night $144.00
Level 4 something or another $1044.00
(which probably connotes why they left me in the waiting room the whole time)
discount because I have no insurance -349.62
doctor- who bills separate from the hospital
to look at it- $663.00
because he's a doctor $194.00
xray- cuz the first xray bill was not enough- $50.00
crutches (separate bill too) - $86.44
then, because all they did was say "you broke both bones in your ankle"- and wrapped it up, I had to find a doctor to actually cast me.
First visit- 175.00 for cast
140.00 for office visit- $315.00
second visit- needed new cast- $100
office visit- $60
xrays- $40 $200
third visit take off cast- free
office visit $60
xrays $40 $100
oh- percodan- $10
Total cost? $4,464.92!!!
This is more than I made last year alone! Subbing in a state where teachers are being laid off and are given first dibs at sub jobs is not a lucrative career move.
I haven't added the loss of wages into the cost. I had over 6 days of jobs booked already ($600.00) and the potentional to work about 30 days more if I was lucky ($3000).
This was all with various "uninsured" discounts as well. Really? I saw crutches at the drug store yesterday and they weren't reatailed at 90 bucks. Why am I paying 300 an xray at the hospital but 40 at the doctor's office for the same xray? Does the hospitals xray machine have magical healing rays?
I could go on, but I have to go count my change. I should deliver the payment in pennies.