A family from Florida have been billed more than half a million dollars after having a premature baby.
The family had health insurance and did everything they could to avoid a huge bill.
However, it unfortunately seems that wasn’t enough…
But first, let’s take a look at some of the most expensive hospital bills that people have shared online.
They are truly shocking…
$64,525.55 bill for a 2-night hospital stay:
After finding out the price of the hospital stay, one user commented: “Is America oka– god what am I even saying lmao of course not. I don’t understand making people pay for f**king hospital stays.”
$7,154.40 bill for 1 COVID visit:
One user responded to the post, writing: “Jesus Christ America, will you guys just get universal health care already like the rest of the developed world and stop f**king people over.”
$16,639 bill for hospital observation fee:
One outraged user wrote: “I can’t believe how the country puts a burden on their people like this. Having to know the system beforehand, in addition to the sickness… how can anyone think straight?”
$131,047 bill for a heart attack:
One person commented: “Seeing the bill gives you another heart attack with a new bill after that. It’s a vicious cycle.”
$34,927 COVID bill for an uninsured patient:
One user, who clearly doesn’t live in the U.S., commented: “So one year of work for an issue you are no not responsible for? How can you Americans think, that this is ok?”
$46,902.55 hospital bill for a gallbladder removal:
One user responded, writing: “It looks like they just wrote every random medicine-related word they knew and charged for it.”
$39.95 bill for “skin to skin” contact for a mother holding their baby:
One user responded to the bill commenting: “Nope, this is a theft..! You have to pay in order to give birth… This is simply injustice, mate… it’s against humankind.”
$34,079 hospital bill that came at the same time as nurses thank you card:
One user responded to the outrageous bill, writing: “At least you guys live in a free society, not a communist-socialist hell hole like Canada or Europe, so you can owe thousands and thousands of dollars for daring to be healthy. USA USA USA #1.”
$229,033.76 bill for car accident treatment:
User ‘grootdoos’ later added: “This does not include all the physician and other bills that totaled another 200k.”
And now, a family from Florida who have been charged $550,000 for a premature birth.
Despite doing all that they could to avoid a high hospital bill.
As per the Independent, in November 2020, Bisi Bennett went into premature labour which resulted in her son, Dorian, being born while in the car with her husband on the way to hospital.
When Dorian was first born he was breech, meaning his head came out last, and wasn’t crying.
The outlet reports that Bennett spoke with NPR where she revealed that Dorian “was still connected to me with the umbilical cord when they rolled the two of us together into the hospital.”
“They cut the cord, and the last thing I heard was ‘he has a pulse’ before they wheeled me away,” she said.
After his birth, Dorian had stay in the neonatal intensive care unit at the hospital for around 2 month.
However, despite the prolonged hospital stay, Bennett said that she was not worried as she had chosen AdventHealth Orlando hospital as it was close to home and was in her insurance provider United Healthcare’s network.
But, it seems that Bennett, who works as an insurance industry employee, was a little too optimistic…
As when the time came for Dorian to finally go home, Bennett was hit with a hospital bill of $550,000.
Bennett, who was “very upset” by the bill, discovered that it was so large due to Dorian’s hospital stay beginning in 2020 and lasting until 2021.
Not only that, her employer had changed the healthcare provider to UMR in 2021, further adding to the mix up as UMR and United Healthcare should have been charged for their retrospective separate years, instead of both years.
So, when both companies refused to pay due to the error, Bennett was left with a $550,000 bill to pay…
But, eventually, after months of trying, Bennett had the bill sorted and reduced.
Health and science news portal, Kaiser Health News, contacted the insurance company about the issue, which then prompted the company to get in touch with the hospital…
And in the end, Bennett’s bill was reduced to $300!