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When my dad was in and out of the hospital last year, it was a rollercoaster of everything. After he had a his angioplasty in July, barely a month after that we were back again and because were told he finally had to start with Dialysis and needed the fistula. Anyway, the bill for the angioplasty was high (4 stents) but my story is not about that...
During his second hospitalization, he was prepped for the AV fistula, but for the immediate session he needed the temporary access. They initial told us they could do that as a bed-side procedure, but after almost two days of trying and failing, they had to take him down to the cath lab. Anyway, a few days after that long episode, we got the bill estimate and it was about 70,000 already. After just spending for the angioplasty, we were stlll quite dizzy with the expenses and I remember reading through the bill and shaking my head. Almost every day, I will find myself getting the bill and reading it. The day before we were about to leave, I just finished fixing my dad's bags and I found myself reading through the bill again. Coincidentally, I had my iPad open on calendar and I noticed the date. Totally clueless about hospital expenses/costs, we actually thought that his visit to the cath lab was the reason why the bill spiked, but when I was inspecting the bill for the last time I noticed that the supposed visit did not match the day that we were charged about 50,000. In fact, nothing had been done that day (and I knew that because I was there the whole day). I read it again and again---then I decided to visit the nurses' station and asked, "What is this charging for?" And immediately she goes, "Oh let me make the changes".
Apparently, there was an equipment that they borrowed, and like an it was meant to be removed from bill. Whew! We almost paid 50,000 for something we weren't supposed to be charged for. I was in awe. You have no idea how many times I was being led to the bill to read it. I didn't recognize most of the code but I would read it over and over again. I didn't realize it but the nagging feeling inside was so that I would finally notice the mistake and it was such a blessing that I did--because during that time most expenses were centralized on my dad's needs and we needed every peso saved.
Gosh we almost paid P50,000. Has anything similar happened to you or your patients?