talk to me about your out of country medical emergency and bills

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  1. synch22

    synch22 Well-Known Member

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    In cabo San Lucas wife and kids. Daughter gets sick has a seizure, rushed to hospital and they keep her over night. She is 14 months, she ends up being OK which of course is #1.
    Then the bill comes...... Lmfao $5k for the night. They ran tests etc to rule out pneumonia. So I layed down the credit card nothing I could do, they said insurance would cover some.

    So I came back to the hotel and after stewing over what took place went back to argue. Figured it was worth an shot since estimates were lower than the amount i was charged and that was forup to a 2 day stay.

    So in the end that little thought to go back they saw my point and knocked the bill down to $3.5 k and so I paid for it and I will have to handle it with my insurance Aetna when I get back.

    In figure I will get, and was told reimbursed for much of that. I'm saying maybe I am out $1500. Anyone gone through insurance for out of country stuff?

    Salvaging 4 days left of vaca, shit happens but I feel better about $3500 vs $5k.
    Here some other stories in the few hours there.

    Kid drunk, ambulance brings him in. With his friends in cabi, no parents they just landed hours before. The adults not his parents pay $1800 cash.... They were sick to their stomach. Kid was out in 2 hours.

    Lady has passport withheld, daughter had life saving surgery bill is $37k. She needs to pay before passport is released, she tells me insurance will pay when she gets home.

    Many more stories from talking with front desk worker... Crazy. And then insurance only covers reasonable and customary charges...any balance over that patient pays which is what sparked me to go back and talk the bill down.
     
  2. Nantrax

    Nantrax Well-Known Member VIP Gold

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    I really need to take some notes
     
  3. Kingpin55

    Kingpin55 Active Member

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    Fuck that, I would of came back to the US down a kid before I shelled out 5K on a CC
     
  4. stripes

    stripes Active Member Banned User

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    white people problems

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  5. Lemmy

    Lemmy Douchebag Extraordinaire Gold

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    One of many reasons that I vacation in country.
     
  6. acagirl98

    acagirl98 Well-Known Member

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    Both times i've waited till i was in pretty awful condition to seek medical help and explained up front i have no money to pay for treatment. In mexico the hotel set me up with a dr. who does work for the hotel and he and a nurse treated me for next to nothing, cash. (removing a bunch of glass from my feet and giving me anti infection stuff).

    In Bulgaria I did have to go to the hospital and same thing, told them broke and no insurance, they treated me, gave me stuf and scripts for pills they didnt have on hand (first/second degree burns over much of my body) an charged me hardly anything. That one I paid Visa, got a receipt and claimed on my travel insurance when I got back.


    When they think you have money or insurance they will try to get as much of it as they can.
     
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    acagirl98 Well-Known Member

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    Oh and that is shitty for you, what a horrible scare.
     
  8. Stew Nod

    Stew Nod Hello VIP

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    Who the fuck brings a 1 yr old to Cabo?
     
  9. Popeye Saavedra

    Popeye Saavedra Well-Known Member

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    I find that it's cheaper to not have kids.
     
  10. babybear

    babybear r.i.p 8/3/15, Wherewolf of AZ VIP

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    same here.
     
  11. Lemmy

    Lemmy Douchebag Extraordinaire Gold

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    Yeah, I'm sure that's a pleasure for everyone on the flights and for people trying to relax on vacation.
     
  12. basketcase

    basketcase Pissed that Naz only has 2 legs

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    I concur.
     
  13. MatthewT

    MatthewT Awaiting The Rapture VIP

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    i think i would have taken my daughter to a random person vacationing at the same place than a mexican hospital
     
  14. stripes

    stripes Active Member Banned User

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    i think they're still flushable at that age.
     
  15. wigtropolis

    wigtropolis Well-Known Member

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    It's only fair, we make all the illegals pay for their medical services in the US.
     
  16. gwartney

    gwartney Unafilliated Gold

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    Daughter was in England, got real sick. (I wasn't with them) They took her to doctor, she was seen right away, no charge whatsoever. Yay for government healthcare!!!! Except they got the diagnosis wrong. We took her to the doc when she got back, she had mono.
     
  17. HeinousMark

    HeinousMark Creepy-Ass Cracka VIP

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    For a trip to ER and an overnight stay that doesn't sound any worse than what you'd pay here; it's probably even cheaper :dontknow:
     
  18. sfgirl

    sfgirl Well-Known Member VIP

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    :jj: I think they saw him coming...
     
  19. garypagetwo

    garypagetwo The Gun VIP

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    get hurt in Norway. 100% free :)
     
  20. Lou Loomis

    Lou Loomis Feel the Gern

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    who hurt you?