Saturday, February 12, 2011
Health Care Costs Too Much
(Try as I do not to 2nd guess my physician colleagues, I do have to wonder if a chest X-ray is indicated in a healthy young non-smoker who is not sick and just has a lingering cold)
This woman went on to say, "I can't believe it. I pay $380 a month for health insurance just for myself and I only get a pap smear once a year. And I still got stuck for $350.00 for the chest X-ray. My employer pays even more for my insurance so the insurance company gets about $1000 a month for me. It will take me 3 days of working on Saturday just to pay for that X-ray that I probably didn't need."
Had she asked her doctor what the chest X-ray would cost, I doubt the doctor would have known. Had she called the hospital and asked what it would cost, I doubt they would have been able to tell her. Had she been able to read her insurance coverage handbook, I doubt she would have found that the X-ray would cost her $350.00 out of pocket.
I didn't have the heart to tell her that she will probably get a 2nd bill from the radiologist who interpreted the study.
This is a very broken system that isn't working for the average working woman.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 10:13 PM