After spending another hour yesterday making calls to try to come to a conclusion over the 2x appointments and treatment I had for my leg wound back in August and early September. I’ve been applying the lessons learned, experience I’ve had resolving my billing for my heart attack, which i close to, but not yet finally resolved. Here are some tweets I sent after getting off the phone yesterday.
Still battling the medical billing systems. Hint, don’t get diverted to applying for financial assistance when you have no insurance, until you’ve negotiated everything down to minimum for self pay, and approved every line item. Then you can go for $ assistance
Challenge every line item you don’t understand or don’t think is accurate, or item that was used. Ask for billing codes for everything, look them up including supplies don’t let them bundle up into macro charges, make them split out
Finally, don’t ignore bills, they just get worse. Call, tell [them] you have no insurance, need to work out how you can afford to pay… Ask for 30-60 days, then for itemized bills. It’s way confusing as Dr bills, and often blood work billed seperately from ER and actual hospital.
Anyone who doesn’t think billing systems are major factor in the price of US Healthcare, isn’t thinking at all. 1x hospital admission, 5x seperately medical bills, 5x different numbers to call, 5x different ways to pay. It’s a shambles a shit show and massive cost overhead.
I’ve always understood the term “projecting” but it has been fascinating to see the press and media trying to make sense of the Presidents sometimes incoherent and unrelated public tweets and statements.
The best explanation is he is “Projecting”. That is he’s told something, or concerned about something and immediately make some form of statement about it. In many cases these things become apparent days, weeks or months later. There are write-ups on this here, here, and here.
I got a surprise on July 30th, I had a heart attack. My left anterior descending artery was completely blocked. I’ll deal with what happened and how and some of the sports related stuff over on my triman livejournal blog.
I thought it was worth stating this here, because I’ve been writing and even boasting somewhat about my lack of healthcare insurance, because I’ve been otherwise super fit and healthy. Turns out it would be fair to say, just like the President, to some extent I’ve been “projecting“.
See my posts here, here and here. And this with some irony now I’m unemployed and have no health insurance.
In a number of following posts, I’ll trace my efforts and my frustrations with what is already a $78,400 list of charges. The hospital has already been great, but there are already a number of important lessons learned, thos are what I’ll try to cover. I’ll be linking the posts with the tag https://markcathcart.com/category/uninsured/