$82,996.75 later…Posted: March 18, 2011
According to the latest hospital bill, that’s how much my reconstruction cost. Well, at least phase 1 of reconstruction. More phases to come, but let’s not even think about that now; I would hate to stroke out this close to happy hour on the last Friday of spring break.
Here’s the breakdown, in case you’re curious; please note the absence of any fees for the surgeons. I can’t even begin to imagine how massive those costs are, so let’s say for now that the Drs S did an amazing job and I couldn’t put a price on their services if I tried.
ICU Surgical: $9,312.00
Radiology (don’t recall any of that; must have been asleep): $359.00
Medical Surgical Supplies (nice & vague, huh?): $18,117.00
OR Services: $22,550.50
Intermediate Care: $2,586.00
Respiratory Services: $147.50
Pathology Lab: $3,607.00
And finally, the most puzzling charge of all:
Patient Convenience: $5.50
WTH?? If anyone knows what “patient convenience” is, and why it costs $5.50, please do tell. I can assure you there were precious few things about that procedure that were actually convenient.
I would have expected my pharmacy fee to be much higher. Maybe as a repeat customer, I get a discount on morphine.