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    Posted February 21, 2013 by
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Bitter pill: The cost of health care in the U.S.

    Bitter Pill? Rancid Reality!! $999,932.93 Hospital, $36,806.88 Med Flight


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     This iReport is part of TIME and CNN’s special report “Bitter Pill: Why medical bills are killing us.” These exact numbers are self-reported and have not been independently verified by CNN. While costs for procedures can vary widely based on the doctor, hospital, and insurance plan, these numbers are in line with average and/or typical charges.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Had to chuckle (no offense to anyone) at the $300. $3,000., or even the $20,000. bills. I was hospitalized last year for double pneumonia which developed into ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome.) The bill for just one of three hospitals (not including physician fees, radiology etc.) for a month & ½ stay was $999,932.93.
    YES, that is $67.07 shy of ONE MILLION dollars! The hospital adjusted it down to just a quarter of a million ($245,581.08) and I believe my insurance has paid $148,754.50 on the bill. I have a $5,800. Deductible and I have established payment plans with many of the other 28 providers that have billed me. I am grateful to those that saved my life and for the billing department employees who have been gracious.
    However, of those 28 providers, the one that is haunting me is the bill from the Medical Air Flight for 82 miles from one hospital to another. The charge: $36,806.88. (I had a later ambulance bill that was $2,742.84. for 109 miles.)
    My insurance paid the Helicopter Company $27,250.00 for what they deemed to be reasonable and customary. Guess what? The helicopter company is coming after me for the $9,506.88 in dispute/not paid by my insurance.
    What do you do?

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