- Posted February 22, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Bitter pill: The cost of health care in the U.S.
It wasn't a gold nugget
I had severe abdominal pain.
I was diagnosed in 5 minutes, literally, with a kidney stone, given fluids intravenously for dehydration, and given a pain-killer.
After easily diagnosing the kidney stone, the attending physician sent me down for a CAT scan.
My bill at this NOT FOR PROFIT organization was $9,587.20.
The doctor’s portion of this bill, for literally five minutes of face time and four questions, was $700.63
I walked out of there, with nothing resolved.
I still had the kidney stone, and still do.
As an Arizona teacher, this bill amounts to 29.5% of my salary, which, by the way, has been reduced each of the last three years.