Apr 20, 2009 - 10:22 am
I'm just curious what everyone's insurance is billed for various treatments. My insurance had been paying pretty good, aside from my crazy-high deductible, but I am shocked at what they are billed for each treatment. Each round of carbo/taxol was billed at close to $16,000. Each CT-scan was billed at approximately $11,000 including review of the scan. I didn't get my bill for that single Neulasta shot, but was told it would be around $7,000. The radiology technician told me that the combo PET/CT scan is billed out at about $25,000 a pop, when I asked what it would cost if my insurance wouldn't pay it and I wanted one. Because I am self-employed and have private insurance, I opted for huge annual deductibles (and paid the deductible in 2008 and again in 2009) to keep my monthly premiums reasonable, and then I had my surgery 'out of network', I've paid about $20,000 out-of-pocket so far. But my insurance has already paid hundreds of thousands. No wonder we cancer patients get free valet parking at the hospital and have our own gated parking lot at the clinic! We're talking 'big money' here!
Is what my cancer center bills in line with what the rest of you are invoiced for the same treatments?