In January 2014, I was in the Sutter Coast Hospital Emergency Room for four hours. While there I received a Cat Scan, and IV’s for medicine. The staff were great and took great care of me, however; they never produced a diagnosis, let me go home, end of story.
I received an invoice of the hospital care provided to me.
My Anthem Blue Cross insurance was charged over $12,000.00 for that four hour visit. My out of pocket cost including my annual deductible was $2,900.00 dollars.
In Feburary 2015, I woke up out of a dead sleep in excruciating pain. I got up, got dressed and drove 1.5 hours to Grants Pass Oregon to receive care and treatment. While there I received another Cat Scan, Iv’s with morphine, and was in the Emergency Room for exactly 4 hours.
Today I learned that the total cost billed to Anthem Blue Cross for the same treatment as above was $4,933.00. My out of pocket cost including my annual deductible will be $1,486.60.
Now I don’t recommend that you jump in your car and drive 80 miles to get to a reasonably priced hospital that is 80 miles away, but somehow, this overcharging of the consumer based upon our rural area needs to stop.
Even the California Department of Corrections is smart enough to take inmates out of state for treatment, it does not take a rocket scientist to figure the savings just crossing the state line for medical help. In the mean time, the people of our community need to seriously discuss, brainstorm, and find a resolution to end this atrocity of screwing the consumer because we chose to live in a rural setting.
Crescent City, Ca