How a Bug Bite Came to Cost $23,800

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Thu, Sep 6th, 2012 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Although the Republicans are quick in running commercials criticising Canadian health care in order to downplay Obama-Care, Greg Knauss of the An Entirely Other Day blog explains how an infected bug bite could've ended up costing him $23,800.

He's been here for two day, being fed antibiotics through an IV. He got bit by a bug, and staph got in, and it was MRSA, and the oral antibiotics he was on didn't do a damned thing. We went back to his pediatrician and she took one look at the abscess that was still growing after thirty-six hours of standard medicine and her eyes got big and, bang, we were in the hospital.

This is how medicine is supposed to work. Everybody has been kind and patient and our stay has been nothing but reassuring and comfortable. Alerts were raised when they should have been, and professionals acted accordingly. Score one for the American medical establishment.

The bill is $23,800.

I'll have to have to pay less than 6% of that, because I'm lucky enough to still have insurance.

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