Back in January my son had an absess on his leg, it burst after a few days and I got worried so I took him to the emergency room. We waited for over an hour and were seen by a doctor who looked at it, swabbed it with some kind of stuff (not sure what it was) put a bandage on it and he told us to come back in a few days for a check up, he told me that I wouldn't be charged for the follow up. We went back 3 days later, he looked at the absess said it was doing great took the bandage off it and told me to allow it breath and everything should be fine, that visit lasted less than an hour.
In February I got a bill for $354 from the physician. Yesterday I received TWO bills one for $900.00 for the first visit and one for $720 for the second, both of those were directly from the hospital. Thats a whopping total of $1974.00 for a doctor to basically LOOK at and put a bandage on an absess. Are you kidding me? I don't have insurance for him at the moment because it's too expensive, but hey I can afford a $1974.00 bill? I could have taken him to a top notch Park Avenue doctor for that. What the heck is going on with these hospitals? Are they really serious? The two bills from the hospital were NOT itemized and claimed that they were past due, this was the first I'd seen them. I figured that these bills were a mistake so I called them and they told me they were in fact legitimate bills and that they would send me out the itemized bill (which they claimed they had already done). Is it possible that this is some kind of scam from the hospital? How can something like this cost almost $2000.00? I'm LIVID right now.