Paying hospital bills is always a pretty sickening experience. I think the price of medical care is so high and I obviously don't understand it well enough to know if it's even justified, but one things for sure, it feels like a crock for them to charge so much money!
I don't know which is worse about my whole situation - that fact that the state of Utah doesn't recognize the death of a baby in utero as "a complication of pregnancy" so our insurance company won't cover the costs. Or that fact that the doctor has the gal to charge so much for doing so little.
Either way, even though the bills are now paid off, the whole thing infuriates me. And the late fees...yes they're my fault, but maybe if bills are sent out in relation to a death billing should allow a "grievance" period or something until they start even considering late fees. Because I sure wasn't on top of my mail and bills for a while after Luke's death and least of all the hospital bills that made me mad to even look at!
If anyone reading this has anything to do with hospital or doctor's office billing let me know. I'd love to talk to someone that could actually make a difference in the way bills are sent out to those paying for expenses related to a death.
There wasn't some kind of lenience for a grieving period?! That's craziness. Wish I knew of some way to help. Health care is a big source of frustration and stress for me right now. Man, I'd just love to stick it to insurance companies or something! hahahaReplyDelete
Oh, we had such problems with this, for about a year after Elizabeth was born, while the insurance companies figured out what they would and would not cover. I found most of the medical billing offices to be completely heartless in how they interacted with our family. I'm sorry you have to deal with it, too :(ReplyDelete
Amen! I couldn't agree with you more.ReplyDelete