According to many research studies and the analysis of various medical bills in the US from hospitals, doctors, pharmaceutical companies as well as many different medical equipment manufacturers, the cost of health care can often be extremely illogical, unfair and overstated, making it common for patients to seek hospital financial assistance. As a result, many families in the United States need hospital financial assistance to pay these bills.
Steven Brill, the lead investigative journalist for Time magazine who examined the issue, has stated that “the health care market is not a market at all. It’s a crapshoot.” He also stated that “everyone fares differently based on circumstances they can neither control nor predict”.
Pat Palmer, the founder of Medical Billing Advocates of America, an organization that aims to help and guide patients with handling their medical bills, is convinced about the excessively high cost of medical bills as well as itemized bills that are being charged by the hospitals and doctors to patients. Shockingly, many of the expensive hospital bills are unnecessarily expensive due to errors as well as overcharges.
Below, you can find some of the most ridiculously expensive medical costs, which demonstrate the general high medical expenses that most Americans face.
Tylenol is a common pain reliever as well as a fever reducer. Many hospitals and doctors charge up to $15 per pill, meaning that during an average stay at a hospital, the patient may have to pay up to $345 for using this drug.
2. Patient belonging bag
A patient belonging bag is a type of a plastic bag that is used to collect, store and transport the belongings of a patient during the hospital stay. The patient belonging bag may cost up to $8 per bag.
3. Mucus recovery system
A mucus recovery system is a fancy name for a box of tissues which may cost patients up to $8.
4. Sterilized and non-sterilized gloves
Non-sterilized gloves which are very commonly used by doctors are almost always added to the itemized hospital bill of a patient. The cost per pair of non-sterilized gloves may cost a patient up to $53, while during an average stay at a hospital the total bill of these gloves may reach up to $5141 approximately. The cost of per pair of sterilized glove may be much higher.
5. Medicine cup
The plastic cup used to administer medicine may cost a patient up to $10 per glass while during an average stay it may reach up to $440 in total.
6. Marking pen
Those patients who need to undergo a surgery may also require a marking pen. This pen is used by the doctors to mark the areas of the body of the patient that need to undergo surgery. This too is added to the bill of the patient while they are admitted at the hospital, and may cost up to $17.50 per pen.
7. Blood Pressure cuff
Blood pressure cuffs used to check the patient’s blood pressure while staying at a hospital may cost up to $20.
8. The oral admin fee
Patients, while admitted at a hospital during their treatment, might have to pay for nurses services that simply hand over the medicine that needs to be taken by the mouth. On average, that cost can reach up to $87.50 per stay.
9. Operating overhead lights
Another ridiculous expense that is added to a patient’s hospital bill is the cost of the overhead lights that are used in an operating room which may cost up to $93.50.
Swabs are a very common item that are used by almost all patients admitted in a hospital who need to undergo a surgery or even simply while getting an injection. A single swab may cost up to $23, while for an average stay it may go up to $322.
1. Wildly over-inflated hospital costs: http://www.rd.com/slideshows/wildly-overinflated-hospital-costs/#slideshow=slide12
2. Tylenol: http://www.drugs.com/tylenol.html