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I just got my bill for the hospital visit last month. The visit costs $401. My insurance pays $156. That leave me with a bill of $245. That's fantastic. I can't afford that. I fucking hate the state of health care in this country.

I need to call the hospital and talk to them about making payments for that. I don't know what else I can do.

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jeffr
Feb. 18th, 2005 11:18 am (UTC)
What were you in the hospital for pat? Are you alright? I must've missed a post or two.
erik
Feb. 18th, 2005 04:43 pm (UTC)
He broke his ass.

No, really.
patrick
Feb. 18th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC)
Yea, I fractured my tail bone last month.
erik
Feb. 18th, 2005 04:44 pm (UTC)
P.S. Pat
Mixing friends and money can sometimes be troublesome, but I know what it's like to be in a pinch.

If you need someone to loan you the $245 I'd be happy to do it.
patrick
Feb. 18th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
Re: P.S. Pat
That's a nice offer, but I think I would like to try some other venues first before borrowing money. I think calling them up and asking if they can do anything about it for me would be the first thing to try.
erik
Feb. 18th, 2005 06:50 pm (UTC)
Re: P.S. Pat
Yeah, I'd definitely try that first. Better to work through them, if you can. But if in the end they're not cutting you any slack then don't be too proud to ask for help. It's ludicrous to not seek help from friends who have money and are willing to lend you a hand.
patrick
Feb. 18th, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC)
Re: P.S. Pat
I will keep that in mind. Thanks.
patosa
Feb. 18th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
prove to them that your poor and they'll waive/reduce the bill. call, briefly explain what you need and they'll transfer you to the correct department.
patrick
Feb. 18th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
That's what I'm going to try. What sort of proof is needed to show I'm poor, I wonder...
patosa
Feb. 18th, 2005 06:44 pm (UTC)
paycheck stubs. income tax returns. copies of other bills. especially if you have student loans.
patosa
Feb. 18th, 2005 06:44 pm (UTC)
johnny knows a lot about this stuff since he works at a hospital. you might try asking him.
ayustar
Feb. 19th, 2005 03:52 am (UTC)
Move to Canada, lol.
patrick
Feb. 19th, 2005 05:19 am (UTC)
well, that is one solution.
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