Friday, October 26, 2012
How I saved $15,000!!
Anyway, my post isn't about how well or unwell I feel but how I saved $15,000!! I have been a reader of Reader's Digest magazine for years. It was always a short article for a moment when I could find time to sit down. Unfortunately, I haven't had the magazine around for a couple of years and grabbed the chance while sitting in one of the multiple doctor appointments. One article caught my eye by a doctor talking about how he saved money for a surgery. Facing surgery myself, it peaked my attention. This doctor had a son facing a $35,000 hospital bill for the pending surgery. The doctor decided he would shop around the different hospitals to lower the cost. He lowered the hospital bill by thousands of dollars.
When my doctor walked into the room, I asked her what hospitals she used and for the codes of my planned surgeries. First step done and on my road to try and save money. I called the first hospital's business office and gave them the codes and my insurance information. I was told the hospital costs would be just under $5,000...ouch. Then, I proceeded to call the other hospital's business office...$20,000!!! I asked if this included the anesthesiologist, drugs and possibly other fees that the first didn't included. Nope, that was just the hospital's cost. I immediately called the first hospital back knowing I must have read the codes wrong or something to make that much difference in price. Amazingly, the price was still $5,000. I saved us $15,000! I told my hubby; I wanted $15,000 in small unmarked bills for me to spend. lol
The cheaper hospital was a private owned hospital and only a surgery center. From now on, I am going to price shop for my medical care. My doctor's office was surprised as well and said no one had ever asked for codes or checked hospital prices before. This was a new one to them as well. Another interesting fact, which some may call coincidence but I will call God directing my steps, the doctor's office doesn't carry the Reader's Digest magazine and it just 'happened' to be sitting by my chair in the waiting room. I am grateful for God's big ways of ordering my steps.
An amazing footnote to the cheaper hospital, they served my meals with real dishes, silverware, and served meals like steak and grilled salmon. I felt like I was in a restaurant and the decor was like a hotel. It was so nice and the medical care was compassionate and outstanding. I was one pleased patient, well, as happy as you can be while in pain. The nurses would always ask me if I needed anything and I told them "A new body." Unfortunately, they were fresh out of new bodies so I have to keep my aching old one. :)