I have no insurance. The Emergency clinic doctor sent me to a hospital because I had appendicitis. Four hours later I left the hospital with no diagnosis. A CT Scan verified appendicitis. Later I got a bill for about $9,000. I went to Orange Coast Memorial Care, Talbert Ave, Fountain Valley.
Health care bills rarely are just a single bill. Most health care bills for a single incident at a hospital involve several health care providers: 1) hospital (facility), 2) doctor(s), 3) radiology, 4) laboratory, and sometimes multiple specialists (doctors). With that said, contact the hospital, and request an itemized bill, and a list of services received (a list of doctors seen). You will need to contact all of these individual entities.
With the itemized bill, use a healthcare cost comparison tool (I like healthcarebluebook.com) to look up fair costs in your area. You can use this as a negotiation tool to negotiate your bill with the each of the individual providers. In addition, you can also contact the hospital to find out if they have any charity programs that you may qualify for. In addition, utilizing a patient advocate professional specializing in medical billing might be beneficial for you as well. Good luck, and I hope you get better soon!
I am sorry to hear that you did not have health insurance coverage when experiencing acute appendicitis.
I would recommend looking at www.cms.gov to determine reasonable and customary fees. Follow-up with the medical providers, requesting itemized bills which will include all of the procedure codes. Look up the normal fees for those services and offer to reimburse those charges to the medical providers.
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All the answers that were provided were right on point! I would like to add also that you might want to look into charity care to see if you qualify.
Charity care is dependent upon household income and how many people live in the home. Many hospitals will go up to 350% of the federal poverty level. Depending on your income you might get 100% write off or you might only get 20% discount.
You can find the hospitals charity care guidelines & policy most times on their website. Complete the application and submit it to the hospital.
Best of luck to you!
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