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NostraHistoria
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   Posted 9/17/2009 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow. I never had a bill that was so much. about 1.5 weeks in the hospital with 2 blood transfusions, TCP, some white liquid IV, IV flagyl, IV Zosyn, Entocort, 2 CT Scans, Asacol, Protonix, Flucanozole, 2 chest X-Rays, super pick insertion, and visits with infectious disease doctors, GIs, and colo-rectal surgeons. What a mess. Hopefully the charity helps me. I have no insurance.
27m - Dx January 2005: UC/Crohn's
Entocort 9 mg, Zosyn IV 4.5g x 3, Flucanozole 200mg, Asacol 4 x 3


chrisnsteph1022
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   Posted 9/17/2009 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
OMG. Talk to the hospital and work out a payment plan. As long as you're paying SOMEthing, they can't send it to collections. I had no insurance the year I was diagnosed but I only racked up $10k in medical bills. My doc had the medicine reps give him free samples to help me out.
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mamaluke
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   Posted 9/17/2009 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
absolutely apply to the hospital for charity care - it might be a struggle at the beginning, but they will almost surely give you some kind of relief

frogeleita
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   Posted 9/17/2009 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
ask the hospital if you can apply for free care..down here they have Mass Health..if you can get something like that covered by the State you live in..i believe they backdate the last 6 months...and this would have been 100% covered and medicines are like 3 dollars a prescription

 Crohn's anal fistula Lupus Hyperthyroid..Pentasa..waiting on Remicade

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*Phoebe*
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   Posted 9/17/2009 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow........ I'm glad I live in Australia right now!!!

ivy6
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   Posted 9/17/2009 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Ditto.

I think $54K for necessary medical treatment is just plain wrong.

I'm sorry this has happened to you, NH.
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HM
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   Posted 9/17/2009 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I have applied for the hospital chaity before. They were very good to me and helped me fill out the papers (which weren't that bad). My doctor is great about the free samples as well.

 

Did your hospital stay help you feel better?


36/f   proud single mom of 2

Diagnosed with GERD/Acid Reflex 2002

Diagnosed with IBS 2007

Diagnosed with Arthritis 2007

Diagnosed with UC, then Crohn’s 2008, now the GI isn't sure which is it exactly...he calls me a strange case.

Diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder 2008

Current medications: Asacol 2 tablets 3X daily, Imuran 50 mg daily,Endcort 3mg 2X daily, Pentasa 2 500mg caps 2X daily, Prilosec 20 mg 2X daily (if needed), Cymbalta 60 mg daily. 05 mg Zanax (if needed) Probiotics, Calcuim/Mag/Vit.D. Flinstones multi with Iron and Vit. C 500mg daily


pimfram
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   Posted 9/17/2009 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Flee the country.



Sounds like you're doing some smart steps; talking to nonprofits to see if they can help. My family collectively has around $100k in medical bills and the insurance company had no problem putting them on payment plans. Sucks when 3 family members are in the hospital within a month of each other.
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NostraHistoria
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   Posted 9/17/2009 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I feel better, but I am going to have a CT scan on Monday to see if the abscesses are gone. If not, then it is surgery. The colo-rectal surgeon said that he would remove the diseased portion of the colon, but I am not sure if he is talking about the part that has the abscesses or the 35cm of the left side of my colon that has Crohn's/UC. This is the thing that is bothering me the most because i have not read too much about living with a sack. I will die of cancer anyway because my testicle would not descend when I was young and had it removed. It might be smart to get the surgery. If not, I could end up like Tony Snow. He had UC, had his colon removed when he was like 56 but died of cancer shortly because it was too late. The first or second doctor who I saw at Cook County Hospital (the free hospital that gives you free meds too) said I should get my colon removed because of the cancer risk. His friend was 30 when he had it removed.

I have sent a bunch of papers for charity help already. I have one more to send out, but tomorrow probably. Last year, they paid around $11K for my hospital visit last year when I was in a better condition. I just had a colonoscopy and a small bowel follow-through. The thing that is really getting to me is that the biopsy I had last summer said I had abscesses, but my GI did not treat them. Now, they are huge: 6.2cm x 2cm and 2 2cm x 2cm. Maybe more. I am not sure. From June 2008 until this last hospital visit, I was in misery, bleeding everyday. Then, in the hospital, the infectious disease doctors put me on IV Zosyn and Fluconozole and after a few days there was no blood. I just get diarrhea from one of these drugs though - probably the Zosyn. I could have been in remission after a few months. Instead, I was in deep depression and suicidal for about 12 of the 15 months. If Obama would fix health care, then maybe I would be in remission because my GI would not call me and then when I saw him was very scared of treating me.

I might post the bill so you guys can see it. I did not want to look at it because I thought I would stress out too much. My brother said the meds cost a lot. We will see tomorrow or the weekend.

Sorry about the med bills pimfram. You are not the only one.
27m - Dx January 2005: UC/Crohn's
Entocort 9 mg, Zosyn IV 4.5g x 3, Flucanozole 200mg, Asacol 4 x 3


HM
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   Posted 9/17/2009 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I am very happy to read that you are feeling better and will pray for your abscesses to be healed up!

The insurance side of illness is so frustrating. My doctors and I have both fought with the company to get me the drugs they RX. I have to tell you that it has been a 50/50 chance so far. The one drug that was covered only the year before was denied when they wanted me back on it. I was unable to ever get that approved. My GI got endocort approved for me after calling them three times and filing appeals (both him and myself)

36/f   proud single mom of 2

Diagnosed with GERD/Acid Reflex 2002

Diagnosed with IBS 2007

Diagnosed with Arthritis 2007

Diagnosed with UC, then Crohn’s 2008, now the GI isn't sure which is it exactly...he calls me a strange case.

Diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder 2008

Current medications: Asacol 2 tablets 3X daily, Imuran 50 mg daily,Endcort 3mg 2X daily, Pentasa 2 500mg caps 2X daily, Prilosec 20 mg 2X daily (if needed), Cymbalta 60 mg daily. 05 mg Zanax (if needed) Probiotics, Calcuim/Mag/Vit.D. Flinstones multi with Iron and Vit. C 500mg daily


Dagger
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   Posted 9/17/2009 10:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I recently had surgery to repair an abdominal hernia and remove endometriosis and adhesions. I stayed in the hospital one night. The bill was over $46,000.00. This did not include the anesthesiologist, pathology, and some other people. The total was just about $50,000.00

Fortunately, I have insurance so it only cost me $150.00.

Now this is the disgusting part. My insurance company paid the hospital less than $3000.00. They send me statements that show what they were billed and what they actually paid. If I had to pay this myself, the hospital would have never reduced it that much.

Rider Fan
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   Posted 9/18/2009 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Gotta love those insurance companies.

Tony Snow at least had publicly funded health insurance!

Sorry to hear about your bill, it's hard enough to be ill but then you have to worry about finance on top of it. You're in my thoughts.
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. Proferrin iron pills.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


Go Saskatchewan Roughriders!


MikeB
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   Posted 9/18/2009 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Actually Rider federal employees have the same basic health insurance that anyone else does -- most of them Blue Cross. The only elected official who has a government-assigned doctor is the President.

Rider Fan
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   Posted 9/18/2009 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I merely stated that Tony Snow had publicly funded health insurance. As a public servant, his salary and benefits are provided by the public (ie. taxpayers). Therefore, publicly funded health insurance which Nostra in part paid for.

I've never heard of a 'government assigned doctor', whatever that is.

But that's besides the point. The important part of my post was to moral support to Nostra during this trying time, not nit pick over how Tony Snow paid his medical bills.
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. Proferrin iron pills.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


Go Saskatchewan Roughriders!

Post Edited (Rider Fan) : 9/18/2009 1:30:40 PM (GMT-6)


GDen
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   Posted 9/18/2009 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Then why'd you even bring up Tony Snow? Federal employees have great insurance.

OP--check with your hospital. Most have charity programs but you gotta inquire--they sure don't advertise them.

Rider Fan
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   Posted 9/18/2009 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
GDen said...
Then why'd you even bring up Tony Snow?


It was brought up earlier in the thread.


GDen said...

Federal employees have great insurance.


I know, that's my point. :)
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. Proferrin iron pills.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


Go Saskatchewan Roughriders!


NostraHistoria
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   Posted 9/18/2009 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Here is the bill:

VIEW IMAGE

$16K for medicine? I guess the Zosyn cost a lot. The hospital I was at is in the top 100 in the country.
27m - Dx January 2005: UC/Crohn's
Entocort 9 mg, Zosyn IV 4.5g x 3, Flucanozole 200mg, Asacol 4 x 3

Post Edited (NostraHistoria) : 9/19/2009 1:17:17 PM (GMT-6)


Rider Fan
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   Posted 9/18/2009 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Outrageous! I hope the hospital will be able to help you out with this...

Tom Moore is a football genius.
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. Proferrin iron pills.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


Go Saskatchewan Roughriders!


NostraHistoria
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   Posted 9/19/2009 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
HM said...
I am very happy to read that you are feeling better and will pray for your abscesses to be healed up!

The insurance side of illness is so frustrating. My doctors and I have both fought with the company to get me the drugs they RX. I have to tell you that it has been a 50/50 chance so far. The one drug that was covered only the year before was denied when they wanted me back on it. I was unable to ever get that approved. My GI got endocort approved for me after calling them three times and filing appeals (both him and myself)


Thanks so much for your prayers. My chief complaint now is that I am SO tired. I would like to get out of the house for a while, but I am afraid I might pass out.

As for Entocort. I went to free clinic to my GI to get Entocort, but they do not stock it. Oh, well.
27m - Dx January 2005: UC/Crohn's
Entocort 9 mg, Zosyn IV 4.5g x 3, Flucanozole 200mg, Asacol 4 x 3


NostraHistoria
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   Posted 9/19/2009 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Dagger said...
I recently had surgery to repair an abdominal hernia and remove endometriosis and adhesions. I stayed in the hospital one night. The bill was over $46,000.00. This did not include the anesthesiologist, pathology, and some other people. The total was just about $50,000.00

Fortunately, I have insurance so it only cost me $150.00.

Now this is the disgusting part. My insurance company paid the hospital less than $3000.00. They send me statements that show what they were billed and what they actually paid. If I had to pay this myself, the hospital would have never reduced it that much.


1 night? Wow. Sorry about that.

Obama better get the Health Care Reform package passed and send these insurance executives to Guantanomo Bay.
27m - Dx January 2005: UC/Crohn's
Entocort 9 mg, Zosyn IV 4.5g x 3, Flucanozole 200mg, Asacol 4 x 3


NostraHistoria
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   Posted 9/19/2009 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Rider Fan said...
Gotta love those insurance companies.

Tony Snow at least had publicly funded health insurance!

Sorry to hear about your bill, it's hard enough to be ill but then you have to worry about finance on top of it. You're in my thoughts.


Thanks for your thoughts.

The odd thing about his death is that he probably had really good insurance. My GI said not to have surgery for Crohn's or for hemorrhoids. However, another doctor, not sure if he had a specialty said I should think about it because of the cancer risk. It is odd to see how doctors can disagree so much.
27m - Dx January 2005: UC/Crohn's
Entocort 9 mg, Zosyn IV 4.5g x 3, Flucanozole 200mg, Asacol 4 x 3


NostraHistoria
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   Posted 9/19/2009 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Rider Fan said...
Outrageous! I hope the hospital will be able to help you out with this...

Tom Moore is a football genius.


Where did the Tom Moore reference come from?
27m - Dx January 2005: UC/Crohn's
Entocort 9 mg, Zosyn IV 4.5g x 3, Flucanozole 200mg, Asacol 4 x 3


Rider Fan
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   Posted 9/19/2009 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi. On the link you posted, at the bottom of the page, there are pictures of him! :)
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. Proferrin iron pills.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


Go Saskatchewan Roughriders!


NostraHistoria
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   Posted 9/19/2009 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Rider Fan said...
Hi. On the link you posted, at the bottom of the page, there are pictures of him! :)


Thanks for letting me know. I did not know that I gave that link.
27m - Dx January 2005: UC/Crohn's
Entocort 9 mg, Zosyn IV 4.5g x 3, Flucanozole 200mg, Asacol 4 x 3


GDen
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   Posted 9/19/2009 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
NostraHistoria said...
Dagger said...
I recently had surgery to repair an abdominal hernia and remove endometriosis and adhesions. I stayed in the hospital one night. The bill was over $46,000.00. This did not include the anesthesiologist, pathology, and some other people. The total was just about $50,000.00

Fortunately, I have insurance so it only cost me $150.00.

Now this is the disgusting part. My insurance company paid the hospital less than $3000.00. They send me statements that show what they were billed and what they actually paid. If I had to pay this myself, the hospital would have never reduced it that much.


1 night? Wow. Sorry about that.

Obama better get the Health Care Reform package passed and send these insurance executives to Guantanomo Bay.

$150 sounds like an extremely good deal to me. Extremely.
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