I've commented on this issue here recently, as I recall - it's one of the unresolved
(and undiscussed) issues in all this healthcare claptrap.
my insurance works like this :
medical service bills Blue Cross & Blue Shield,
BC/BS sends the bill to Lineco, the Line Construction Benefit Fund, (Electrical Worker's Union)
Lineco authorizes BS/BS to pay the bill. Now, what I don't know is what Lineco actually pays
BC/BS - this seems to be a sooper sekrit eyes-only need-to-know process.
anyway, BC/BS never pays more than a fraction of what was billed by the medical service.
f'instance, just got a statement from Lineco that they had authorized BC/BS to pay for the
last round of lab work I just had, a bucketful of blood & and EKG. The hospital originally billed
this as $4,682. BC/BS paid them $1,012.
so, if I didn't have insurance, would I have been required to pay the original amount ?
what was the actual cost of the procedures performed ?
why doesn't medical service bill the insurance companies that cost ?
WTF is going on here ?
what's all this negotiation bullshit ?
anyway, I've paid all the out-of-pocket I'm required to for this year ($1800),
so I'm planning on running up a fuck of a bill between now and Christmas.
My back still hurts, I think I had another stroke, my feet hurt, I wanna MRI,
one of them sonagram things on my heart where the cute little nurse takes my
shirt off and rubs me with a gelled-up vibrator, my penis hasn't worked right since the
early 90s, and for the love of the little Baby Jesus, give me drugs. Lots of drugs,
experimental drugs, all the new expensive drugs they're pushing the doctors to
prescribe that don't work any better than the old, cheap drugs. I want an Xray of
my knee, it pops something fierce when I get up off the shitter, and take more
blood, you vampires.
maybe old cranky bastards like me are the problem with healthcare ?
naw, fuck that.
I don't want no Socialized Medicine! You leave my Medicare alone, Obama!
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how to fully interact with people. ~ "Spice Grandson" (Bryon Merrit) 08 June 2008