Let’s talk about medical costs.
I’m afraid to open the bill from my surgeon. Maybe tomorrow.
But I had to go for bloodwork. One lab wanted to charge me $978 for some fairly routine tests. No one told me to fast, so I couldn’t get the tests done… which ended up working out in my favor.
So I called a different lab to “price shop”. Same tests: $176.
Both labs require cash payment up front. No pay, no service. Which is interesting since I know there’s a law that you can’t deny treatment based one inability to pay… but I guess blood work isn’t “treatment”. I paid and got the tests today.
You learn a lot about our medical system when you don’t have insurance. It sucks to have worked for 25+ years and to have had insurance the entire time, and then suddenly layoffs push you out of being able to protect yourself and your family. I wasn’t ready (financially) to pay the monthly bill to buy insurance before enrollment ended this year, so now I’m out of pocket on all these bills… the surgery, the doctors, the hospital and the tests.
Something needs to change in this country. Medicals costs and insurance companies and price gouging… it’s all a sin. I’m not the smartest with my money, but prior to this, other than my mortgage and car, I have zero debt. Now? Well lets just say I’m very afraid.