Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Good/ Bad

The Good:
-I weighed myself today, and I've lost 10 pounds since a couple of months ago when I went to the doctor and weighed more than I've ever weighed in my life. I still weigh less than Tara from the Biggest Loser, which is good since we're about the same height and I think she looks fantastic. That said, I have about another 10 pounds to go before I'm really in the healthy range.

The Bad:
-Remember a few months ago when I got the big honking knee brace. Yeah, I haven't really worn it since because it hurt WAY more to wear it than it did to not...and now my knee feels fine, thanks for asking. Anyway, when I got the brace, I asked the guy, "How much do I owe you?"

He responded, "Nothing, you're double covered."

Well, today I got a bill in the mail for $343 for the knee brace. Due April 22. Yeah, I would have declined the knee brace from the get-go had they told me it would cost that much. I feel scammed. I just left a message for the billing lady expressing my extreme dissatisfaction with receiving the bill after being told that I didn't owe anything, and that because of this bullshit, I need to start a payment plan because I don't have $343 to allocate to a knee brace right now.

PS- Why is it that the medical/insurance field seems to be devoid of ANY responsibility when it comes to honoring what was said. There have been a number of times when I've called my insurance companies to find out about coverage for a particular procedure, had the procedure, and then had the insurance company say "Oh, sorry...someone read your plan actually owe an additional $200." And there is no recourse! That wouldn't fly in any other industry...why does the medical field get away with it?!


  1. I so agree with you on that one. It is so ridiculous how they tend to do that...and this is probably just me and not you because you are married and so much mature than me (;D) but I still get irritated when I have to pay hundreds for health's not my fault I have psoriasis? Can't someone else foot the bill? Mom? Dad?

  2. I haven't been following the Biggest Loser so I checked out Tara online. She does look great! I also wanted to mention that I still think it is incredible that you and I have completely opposite body frames and could swap clothes (I admit that I had to roll your jeans and that mine became capris for you). But isn't it still noteworthy that a hippo and a giraffe weighed almost exactly the same and shared wardrobes? ;)

  3. Tara does look amazing and I think that you should be very happy regarding the 10 lb loss! Nice work.

    I'm so with you regarding the insurance shiz. I have no clue how much the baby is going to cost us. I just hope and pray.

  4. Because there's no law that says they have to and because they know you won't just stop having health insurance.

    This is why we need universal health care.


  5. Dude, I totally feel you in the insurance. A particular plan we signed up for included dental insurance, or so our agent told us. We both went to the dentist to get cleanings and a few fillings, only to find out we actually didn't have dental coverage. I was so livid, I called the agent and ripped him a new one, and cancelled the insurance.

  6. Dang- I am sorry about the knee brace. That sucks.


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