- Posted March 3, 2013 by
Fairview, North Carolina
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Bitter pill: The cost of health care in the U.S.
"Armed" Robbery Without the Use of an Assault Weapon
At the time, I was 69 years old and my healthcare coverage included Medicare and AARP's Medicare Supplement Plan L (insured by United Healthcare Insurance Co.).
After reviewing perplexing billing statements forwarded to me from (1) Chowan Hospital, (2) Medicare, and (3) United Healthcare Insurance Co, I not only had numerous questions about the bases for charges cited, but also identified misrepresentations of charges that I concluded were outright fraud. I forwarded a detailed letter (with 4 attachment) to each of the three parties involved with a request for a full explanation of how these charges were derived. Not surprisingly, none of the three parties bothered to respond.
I am concurrently forwarding a complete explanation with documentation of this issue to Time Magazine Letters.
U. Hans Behling, PhD, MPH