- Posted February 21, 2013 by
Los Angeles, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Bitter pill: The cost of health care in the U.S.
Half a Million Dollar Heart
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- rachel8, CNN iReport producer
We are fortunate enough to have insurance through my employer, so we were spared financial hardship: our out-of-pocket costs for Nora’s surgery bills were only $2,395. I can’t imagine what our life would be like if we didn’t have health insurance.
1 in 100 babies are born with congenital heart defects, making it the most common birth defect. According to the Children’s Heart Foundation, the cost for inpatient surgery to repair congenital heart defects exceeds $2.2 billion a year. For children like Nora and families like ours, this is not sustainable.
Today, Nora is a happy 5 month-old baby, and we're proud to show her “zip-line scar,” proving what a warrior she is and what she endured at such a young age.
As a parent, I’d do anything and pay anything for the health and safety of my child. If that means paying half a million dollars for her to have a healthy, beating heart, I’d do it. How? I’m grateful for my employer-sponsored health care coverage and thankful that I don’t need to have an answer.