On December 13th, we received our hospital bill: $12,064.50.
Our primary insurance took care of $9,820.21 and my supplemental insurance cut us a $1,000 check. Now we're left paying $1,244.29, which isn't too bad considering I had major abdominal surgery, 3 grilled cheeses, 2 slices of cheesecake, and a full 3-day weekend of hospital care. And a baby.
I asked for a detailed bill and I received a 4 page list of a lot of jargon I didn't understand. Here are the highlights:
$3,675.00 - Private Room and Board
$3,308.00 - Surgical Procedure
$1,614.60 - Labor
$806.40 - Anesthesia
$690.25 - Sterile Supply$300.00 - Newborn Room and Care ($100 a day)
$274.18 - Pharmacy
$217.00 - Non Sterile Supply
$69.68 - Drugs Requiring Detailed Coding
$48.34 - Self Administered Drugs
My favorite charges? The four glucose tests they performed on her to make sure she didn't have
Another perk of having supplemental insurance is that I was able to continue getting paid during my 8 week maternity leave. This meant we had an additional $3,000 while I was recovering. That paid for the remaining balance and gave us a little extra to ease us into the next penny pinching chapter of our lives.
Praise God for insurance!