Friday, November 22nd 2019
This afternoon I get another surprise: 19 identical envelopes in my mailbox. Medical bills. Each for $25.
This is bullshit. Miraculously I have some time so I start ripping them open. They are for doctor visit co-pays for some ongoing treatment one of us has been receiving over the past year and a half. I didn’t even know we had co-pays for the treatment, much less why the bills would cascade all at once.
I call the phone number listed on the bills and try making sense of them as I wait to get through. Long story short, the Health INSURANCE Company –Tufts Health Plan– just processed all of these bills recently for some reason. So they paid our provider –Cambridge Health Alliance -their part. Then the provider passes on the balance -the co-pay amounts- to us. Nevermind the timing.
As ridiculous as this is, the truth is; the service we receive is totally worth it. And we are lucky enough that $475 is not going to break us right now.
So before I’m even off the phone, I’ve paid the lot, and even check and pay all other balances for everyone in the family.
Our balance is zero. Bullet dodged.
We are healthy, safe, and with access to medical care should we need it. Holy crap I never felt so wealthy in my life.
But that EVERYONE could have access to the healthcare they deserve.
Which is of course why we need #HEALTHCAREFORALL.
#ThankYouBernieThankYou… for teaching us what is right and how to fight for it.
(Jaw drop) Duh! Crazy bureaucracy but good on you for piercing to the heart of the matter, acknowledging that the charges were reasonable, however crazily processed, and writing the checks.