In 2012 Q2, our family was billed $56,114.22 for medical care

Seriously. I just added it all up. Three months. Now, this was a heavy quarter for us, as it included:

  • C.J. contracted a mild pneumonia and was hospitalized for 5 days and 4 nights, including an ambulance ride and an emergency room stint
  • a c-section delivery
  • two echocardiographs at two different hospitals to check out newborn Martha’s heart murmur
  • the 8th and 9th months of a pregnancy including a bunch of prenatal visits, an ultrasound, and some extra lab work due to gestational hypertension
  • A day admission to the hospital to watch for pre-eclampsia because of that hypertension
  • a middle-of-the-night visit to the Children’s Hospital ER as we were antsy about a nasty cold and fever so soon after the pneumonia
  • three separate allergic outbreaks for me, resulting in a diagnosis of a new allergy to English Ivy
  • Oh, and Sam got a whooping cough vaccine, so he contributed a whopping $90 to the total.

Now, we paid incredibly little of all of this (sub 10%), as we have great health insurance (thanks, ULI!). But without insurance, this obviously could have been catastrophic for even financially comfortable families.


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