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    Posted February 22, 2013 by
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Bitter pill: The cost of health care in the U.S.

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    The cost of PAH


    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.
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    2012 was a rather bad year, speaking on healthcare costs. I was sidelined with an "unknown" ailment that took the doctors nearly 9 months to diagnose. During those months I was terminated from my position as a warehouse manager for an camping/outdoor food company, and spent more time being poked and prodded than I would like to admit. Now with a diagnosis in hand and on medication that controls and slows the progression of the disease, the real cost is noticed. Without insurance the monthly cost is a little over $23,000. fortunately PH organizations and the pharmaceutical companies have programs set up to assist uninsured and underinsured patients.


    Still though, $23,000 a month for medication is a bitter pill to swallow.

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