September 29, 2010 Leave a comment
During this past Labor Day, I was cleaning out some old computer parts. Lauren happened to be playing nearby and fell on an old computer CD-ROM. She cut herself pretty good near her wrist. At first I didn’t think it was so bad, but after Cassandra cleaned it out, it was decided that it might be deep and wide enough for stitches, so off to the doctors we go. Because it was Labor Day, her regular doctor wasn’t available, so we had to go to the emergency room. The nurse practitioner decided that stitches weren’t needed and after a thorough cleaning and what amounted to some glorified crazy glue applied to seal the wound and a small bandage was applied, we were sent on our way.
The bill came today:
You have GOT to be kidding me. I know my insurance sucks big time, but I didn’t know it sucks this bad.
It is amazing to me that a visit to the emergency room for what amounted to a band-aid costs nearly $900! I feel so bad for all of the people out there for whatever reason don’t have any insurance and would have to decide whether or not to take their child to the doctor or not because they couldn’t afford it.
As a country we can spend almost a trillion dollars a year on a defense budget yet we have some of the crappiest health care on the planet. We seriously have our priorities screwed up!