In the mail today, we got the surgery statement from the insurance company and the bill from the pain management doctor. From what we could decode, my (selective nerve root block ) injections were $7000…EACH! Had I known, I would’ve just gone straight to surgery, or at least stopped after the first one didn’t do much good.
Okay, I understand that he has to pay all of the assistants and give money to the surgery center, but it was like a production line, with at least several of us at a time waiting with IVs in our arms. The procedure took maybe five minutes of his time. Let’s be generous and give him more time. Still, he’s billing $35,000+/hour. An HOUR.
My surgery was $19,000. I’ve had more than $40,000 worth of medical care this year. I just cannot believe that my injections were $21,000. They act like they’re no big deal – “Just come on in for a shot, and we’ll get you right home feeling better.”