The cost of care

Last week I had my initial consultation with a doctor at MD Anderson. I just logged in to see how much they are charging me for a consultation and MRI scans of my CNS, and I was shocked to see that there are more than $20k  in charges on my account. I have good insurance, and I am hoping most of that is covered, but I can’t help wondering what I would do if it were not covered. That is a lot of money!

Then I begin to think about people who are not fortunate enough to have health insurance. If I were to lose my job and the health insurance that comes with it, there is no way I could pay that much money! And this is just the beginning! I still have the surgery, which could add $80-90k to my bill, and suddenly we are talking about approximately $100k in medical bills. Even if every penny of my take-home salary went towards the bill, it would take me more than two years to pay it off! But I can’t put 100% of my salary into it because I have to pay my other bills. Where does that leave me? Watching the current health care debate very carefully!

What’s Next For The Affordable Care Act? Julie Rover, chief Washington Correspondent for Kaiser Health News, talks about the state of health care in the U.S. today, and how it could move forward. Read more on NPR

via NPR News: What’s Next For The Affordable Care Act? — William Chasterson

Check this out to get some information: https://www.kff.org/uninsured/fact-sheet/key-facts-about-the-uninsured-population/

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One thought on “The cost of care

  1. Hiya. I think that we are lucky in the UK, we pay national insurance contributions directly from our salaries and this funds the national health service. Sure there are often huge waiting lists but I think I was pretty lucky. It was less than a month from my initial consultation with my Neurosurgeon to operation date. I think in serious cases the NHS is top class. I dread to think how much it would have all cost if I had paid for it.

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