For the following to be true the bill as allowed by Medicare would have had to be $125,000 (x 20%=$25,000). That is impossible for the service described. Most likely the $25,000 is the initial billed amount; many times more than what Medicare pays while the patient’s responsibility, unless they had Medigap coverage, would be 20% of the allowed amount. Based on some recent personal experience, the patient’s real out of pocket cost would be $1,000 or less or perhaps $0 with supplemental coverage.
When it comes to undocumented immigrants, is there really any option to providing emergency and urgent health care to any human being? Of course not, and that’s what happens every day in ERs across the Country.
This kind of letter given credence in a paper (opinion is fine, but with the facts), is what makes it so hard to have a real discussion about health care.
Letter to the Editor of a Idaho Newspaper:
So recently I had the pleasure of a gall bladder attack. The pain was excruciating. I was taken to emergency where the situation was finally controlled. The real pain, even though I have insurance (Medicare) was a $25,000 bill. That’s right. TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND! I will manage in some way. Now what really galls me, is every Democrat running for the presidency are for FREE health care for illegal migrants. Try to figure that out.