Last month I went to my doctor's office and ended up in the hospital (the whole story is here).
Here's a list of the high points of the care (which was very good!) I received:
- The emergency room
- A few EKGs
- Some medication
- Saw a few doctors for a few minutes each
- Stayed overnight for observation
- Had a stress test
- Bunch of lab work
How much do you think 1 night in the hospital with pretty minimal usage of services costs?$33,739
I'm not paying that much since I have health insurance and they have agreements that mean they are only paying a fraction of that cost... but if I didn't have health insurance I'd be screwed.
I probably wouldn't have went to the doctor's in the first place and my heart would just have kept on beating oddly until I had heart failure or a stroke. Fun!