I just received in today's mail the final billing from my
open RRP surgery and for the 4 days I stayed there. I about
died of shock! It came to $39,583. I was looking at some of the detail, it's the small stuff they hose you so bad on. They wouldn't like me take my own prescript
ion meds while I was there, they supplied them instead and charged for them. One Ambien = $40, I pay about
$50 for a 30 day supply. The Loratabs they had me on the last 2 days, $60 each, I paid $8 for 30 at CVS drug store when I came home. It's been a long time since I've seen this detail of a hospital bill. And the drugs were just the tip of the iceberg.
The surgeon's bills just for the same surgrey, were a little over $10,000. It didn't strike me as too outrageous, unless you look at the fact that it took them actual operating time of 3 hours and 15 minutes. But them I am still hoping that I got the benefit of his skill and experience, and ridding me of the PCa.
It mostly the hospital bill that flipped me, that was over double what I was have guessed.
And why is health insurance so expensive for most and out of reach for growing part of Americans?
David in SC
56, 56 at DX, PSA
7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3, 9/8 14.9, 10/8 16.4
3rd Biopsy 9-2008 Positive 7 of 7 cores positive, 40 - 90%, G 4+3 & 3+4
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Non-nerve sparing, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, Catheter out on 12/15/8. Stopped flowing, new catheter put in 12/16/08, Catheter out 12/29/08. Emergency room put in Catheter # day 45, 1/5/9 - Cath #3 out, dr. did cycloscope, saw potential blockage, put in Catheter #4, 1/13/9 - removed blockage, put in Cath #5, 1/19/9 -out
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grams, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes
First PSA Post Surgery Scheduled now for 2/9/9