posted on May, 29 2018 @ 05:34 PM
a reply to: rickymouse
We have insanely better service here, provided you have the insurance to cover it. Wife had an issue where one of her vertebrae snapped, caused a
herniated disc. Had no clue what was going on the first night, we were in the ER and seeing a doctor in under 20 minutes. CT took a few minutes
longer, however they were already taking care of pain management while waiting. Once the doctor was able to determine the root cause, they provided
pain management and a recommendation that we see a neurosurgeon.
Luckily the next day was Monday, up at 7 am and calling everyone on our providers list, same day appointment at 10 am, no issues at all. Maybe 20
minutes to see the doctor there, and immediately back for an epidural to calm some more of the pain down. Surgery scheduled for two weeks out, with a
pre-op screen including an MRI, and a visit to our GP to verify she was fit for surgery.
Surgery is done, recovery is underway with her just over a month out. Physical therapy began last week, with 3 visits per week.
My cost, not counting what I pay on her insurance monthly: $1500. That's my max out of pocket expenses, everything after that is 100% covered. I did
see a benefit statement from our insurance, the surgery and hospital stay alone were around 160k give or take. So $1500 for the surgery, and then my
normal costs for her insurance which come out to 18k per year, we are still a far cry from 160k.
I don't recall a time in the last 5 years since moving here that we haven't been able to get same day with a doctor, even a specialist. Now when we
lived in Memphis, that's a different story, but I also didn't have the level of insurance I do now either. So I imagine a lot of it is A: location, B:
your insurance, and C: the time of day. Yet as they say, you get what you pay for really.