After Surgery, Surprise $117,000 Medical Bill From Doctor He Didn’t Know

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Before his three-hour neck surgery for herniated disks in December, Peter Drier, 37, signed a pile of consent forms. A bank technology manager who had researched his insurance coverage, Mr. Drier was prepared when the bills started arriving: $56,000 from Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, $4,300 from the anesthesiologist and even $133,000 from his orthopedist, who he knew would accept a fraction of that fee.

He was blindsided, though, by a bill of about $117,000 from an “assistant surgeon,” a Queens-based neurosurgeon whom Mr. Drier did not recall meeting.

“I thought I understood the risks,” Mr. Drier, who lives in New York City, said later. “But this was just so wrong — I had no choice and no negotiating power.”

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1 thought on “After Surgery, Surprise $117,000 Medical Bill From Doctor He Didn’t Know”

  1. While they are very good at fixing our medical problems, these same doctors have no morale compulsion to keep the finances of their patients protected.
    There is something very wrong with our medical payment system.
    Often a patient ends up bankrupt after being healed of their medical problems.
    So what use is it to accumulate money if it is stolen by the very doctors that cure you?
    Why would anyone in this system of corruption want to save money or work overtime to accumulate money if it is stolen out from under them by the medical profession?
    We have a Congress that has evolved a system of rules that make working rather silly under a lot of circumstances. First they steal everything you have earned for a lifetime. Then they put you on the public dole to pay the rest through Uncle Sam.
    That house you have lived in for 30 years. It is part of the system of breaking you financially. Nursing homes are doing it all the time.
    That Medicare we have? It is worthless until you are broke. Because after you are broke, then Medicaid might kick in and pay the bills. But if you have a dime more than you should have, they steal it all.
    It doesn’t work that way in other places. But they have a supplement called Foreign Aid. Like to the tune of millions of dollars. Us, not so much. We get to pay and pay some more until everything you ever worked for is gone.
    That is what we get for hiring Congress and not paying any attention to what they are doing.
    The bureaus are just as bad. There are clearly so many regulations on the books right now that it is virtually impossible to read all of them, much less to actually know what they say legally.
    The only response has to be we need to throw all the regs and all the bureaus out of business.
    I seriously doubt if that will occur in my lifetime. But that is what is going to have to happen soon or it will destroy everything we know to be right now.
    This me-too attitude of the doctors is just one of the things that is going to have to stop soon.

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