But isn't that a strange way to do business, Judy? It's like ~wink,wink~ here's the charge. Everyone KNOWS the insurance companies won't pay it. And, of course, those with only catastrophic coverage end up paying full price, which I doubt is the hospital's intention.
I remember paying for my first colonoscopy, and I thought the hospital was so kind to allow me to make payments over time with no interest. Little did i know that I was probably paying twice as much as the insurance company would pay for identical services. That is just an unfair and ridiculous way to do business, IMHO.
I'm not faulting the hospitals, Judy. I understand insurance companies have pushed them into a corner on this way of operating. And I recognize as well that hospitals provide lots of care that is uncompensated.
The whole thing is just an incredible, frightful mess.
They weren't doing you any favors..... I think by law they are not allowed to charge interest.
You should always try to negotiate things; I got my prometheus Labs bill lowered by 20% because my insurance wouldn't cover me for it.
DX'd with Pan-Colitis June 2005
Current Status: Flaring since May
Current Meds: 50 mgs 6-mp, Colocort, Oral Cyclosporine (500 mgs)