Bit of a stressful day today as the bills for the Urgent Care came in. It's nothing short of extortion.
A lot of phone calls, negotiating and being on hold. Eventually I was able to get the bills down about 50%, but it's still a lot of money for something so simple.
While we were away from home, we brought our child to the "Urgent Care". Dr. looked at him, did a test, prescribed an antibiotic. Nothing we couldn't have done ourselves... except get the medicine. All we needed was the medicine.
We are grateful that the boy is well again, his fever broke and he enjoyed the remainder of our trip. Yet all the red tape and costs are enraging, it's extortion. It's a racket to make people feel like they have no choice but to dump their earnings into the black hole called "health insurance". Or surrender their bodies to the government with "universal healthcare".
No thank you.
Our children are well taken care of, they are healthy and we as parents are capable and able to make informed health decisions for our children - but that ability is taken away from us when we are forced into an "urgent care" facility ($409) to see a doctor ($383) for a prescription (permission) to purchase a medicine ($200).
We tried getting around all of this by contacting our pediatrician directly for a prescription, but all she said was go to the ER. Takes the liability off of her.
So today was negotiation day. We negotiated the urgent care bill down to $216, the doctor bill to $306, and we got the medicine for $36. This is how we know it's all pure profit for them, if they're able to knock the price down by almost 50% simply by talking with them. It's exhausting and frustrating, but it's worth the time and effort.
I'm very tired now.
Bless the Most High!
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