Recent news articles have been reporting that a foreign exchange student from Norway received a $128,000 bill after he was rushed to the hospital to receive two doses of antivenin crotalidae fab as a treatment for his snakebite.
According to the news agencies covering this incident, the student received what is reportedly known to be a common treatment made with sheep’s blood and that is designed specifically for pit viper bites. The news comes as a shock since average American families would simply be in deep financial trouble were they faced with the same type of hospital bill.
The student’s health insurance has reportedly paid the check but the occurrence has sparked some controversy among others who feel they would not be as lucky.
Being involved in incidents that require healthcare, costly drugs and treatments can make some of us panic. Hopefully, certain steps can be taken to have bills and costs lowered.
In order to cut down your costs, remember you should never pay any bill upfront, since you might not know if it’s absolutely correct. Instead of going by the bill you got from your doctor, ask for an itemized bill from your healthcare provider, which will help you to review every item carefully.
Also, patients are encouraged to never let the bill fall into collection. Tell your health care provider you’re working on having all bills paid quickly so providers will give you more time before sending anything to collection agencies.