$82,996.75 later…Posted: March 18, 2011 Filed under: breast cancer, Surgery | Tags: anesthesia, breast cancer, cancer battle, cancer diagnosis, hospital, ICU, morphine, pathology, plastic surgery, reconstruction 11 Comments
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.