If you live in America today, then you are well-aware that the healthcare system will take any opportunity to squeeze more money out of you – and emergency care is the biggest racket of all.
If you go to an emergency room, or call an ambulance, chances are you’re in desperate need of care. Most people aren’t really in a position to be checking the cost on all the services they receive. They might not even know what exactly all the services they receive are!
The resulting bill, though, can often be enough to give you a heart attack on it’s own (thus restarting the cycle).
One TikTok user gave this advice: call the hospital and ask them to send you an itemized version of the bill.
This is the Tiktok I saw! I don’t really know if it works for other things but it doesn’t hurt to try! pic.twitter.com/LXXJm4jkYp
— ehvuh (@the_heva) December 29, 2019
A woman saw it, tried it, and damned if it didn’t work!
Other people on Twitter chimed in with their own success stories (and also horror stories about how much the original bills were for), and I don’t know about you, but I’m convinced.
This is accurate AF. Asked for itemized bill for my daughter’s fractured foot. They asked why since I had insrance. Bill had a foot brace cost at 500.00 and ace bandage foot wraps for 250. Asked why, they said must have been an error 2weeks later brace 100 bucks bandages 30
— Dominique (@growupwild) December 30, 2019
Even doctors know! Had surgery on my finger at a facility and took the bill DIRECTLY to him after and he was appalled. He gave the facility new (or corrected) billing codes and knocked my bill down from $700 to ~$115.
— Defsouf (@defsouf) December 30, 2019
Yo this is true! You can also have your bill reduced. There is ALWAYS a third party collections agency that will negotiate the bill! That’s exactly what I did at the last hospital I worked at. I had the chance to reduce up to 40% and my manager could do 60%. SHARE THIS YALL
— Ricardo Hernandez Jr (@rhernandez9110) December 30, 2019
So your bill was written off? About 15 years ago my (now ex) husband became really ill. After 4 days in the ICU, the bill came up to $147,000. Our insurance maxed out at $100,000/event. My ex did that and brought it down to $22,000.
— Paul Lambert (@sdterp) December 31, 2019
No bullshit. The billing company sent me a letter and said i still owed for a visit i had. I called them and asked what it was for and the lady on the phone said there is nothing i owe and that they actually owed me money back for over charging me. Its a fucked up system
— its__dad (@its__dad) December 31, 2019
In the war against the man, we can all use a little help from the people, no?
Have you tried this? What were your results? Let us know in the comments!