The Pharmacy Chick

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Catching up with Pharmacy Chick! part I

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 7:10 pm on Wednesday, April 1, 2015

My apologies for being even worse at writing than I had even promised.  Its been a crazy few months.

Mr chick continues to recover. Its been an interesting wade thru the healthcare system.  Good thing we are fighters, because FIGHT is what we have been doing.  Ole RPh, wrote a nice comment about my last post and it reigns true.  I DONT want to be a resident in the world of illness.  For the most part I am pretty healthy for a 51 year old chick, but even I have my issues. more on that later… Mr Chick’s surgery was a success as far as the doc is concerned  but because of the 4 month wait to HAVE the procedure he sustained nerve damage and THAT hasn’t really resolved itself. He still has a numb lower leg and when he walks he still says is foot feels like its walking on hot coals.  Today he started acupuncture…. heck, why not? conventional treatments aren’t exactly solving the problem.  He gets the proverbial hall pass to start golfing again in 2 weeks.  He may need one of those skateboard style golf carts to get around tho.  He can’t walk that far.

When the bills started coming in about 3 weeks after the procedure.  We are pretty savvy people and are most familiar with the health care system, pre vs prior authorizations, in and out of network, you know…all the verbiage they think is easy to understand and know.

We did our homework. Yes the hospital the His Holiness works at is network. His Holiness was network,  Her Holiness the anesthesiologist was in network, His slightly-less-than-holy PA was in network.  So when we got a 6000K bill from the surgery center for OUT of network procedure, we were shocked.  We took a bit of creative appealing but we successfully negotiated that the it is RATIONAL to think that if all of the above was IN network, the place he actually cut on Mr Chick should be too even tho it was a surgery center and NOT the actual hospital grounds.  So they reduced the bill by $4900, leaving us a little over $1100 to pay….and when I called to give my CC# over the phone, they gave me a 20% early payment discount.  Yea me.

The bills for His Holiness, his PA and the Anesthesiologist eventually arrived.  So did lab work and a $900 bill for socks.  SOCKS?   yea, those air compression socks and they didn’t even let me take them home.  Of all the things I paid for, the fact I didn’t get those  socks pisses me off the most. Almost $500.00 for EACH sock.  Geez, no wonder people think health care is a ripoff . He has pretty good insurance so I am glad that it wasn’t me that needed surgery because mine sucks despite working for a huge company.  Overall we have paid about $3000 bucks out of pocket for this surgery.  If it helps it will be worth every penny.

Moving on…to part II



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