We got the bill for Chip’s cataract surgery the other day. Mercifully, it is all covered by our health insurance, but the total came to $15,041.
YES, THAT’S RIGHT. FIFTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS
I’m not saying it wasn’t worth it. He had a great doctor, and I guess that’s just what these things cost. But holy hell, what do people with no insurance do? Skip the surgery and damage their child’s health? Do the surgery and deal with the collection agency later? Skip town?
Every time we have huge medical bills (and I know 15k is a drop in the bucket), I just marvel at how anyone in the US gets health care at all. Ever.