WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Despite being admitted to the hospital for fainting after a flu shot, Matt Gleason was charged with a medical bill of almost $5,000.
- The bill included an ER fee higher than the listed price and various medical procedures and blood tests performed.
- Despite Gleason appealing for the amount to be reduced, the medical facility in Charlotte, North Carolina reasoned out that his case was a Level 5 ER visit that required tests to ensure that he wasn’t having a heart attack.
A man was hospitalized after passing out from a flu shot. But what really made him sick was what happened when he got discharged.
Matt Gleason from North Carolina was slapped with a medical bill worth $ 4,692 despite the flu shot being free. The charges included an ER admission fee of $ 2, 961, blood tests amounting to almost $1,000, and others tests like EKG, chest x-ray and a urinalysis.
Even after the amount was reduced to $ 3,711 by his insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Gleason had to pay the entire bill since he had a $4,000 annual deductible.
The father of two told Kaiser Health News that the incident wiped out his savings.
Although Gleason tried to appeal for the amount, he was denied by Charlotte-based medical facility Atrium Health Pineville, insisting the cost of his visit was billed ‘appropriately’.
“Atrium Health has set criteria which determines at what level an emergency visit is charged. In Mr. Gleason’s case, there were several variables that made this a Level 5 visit, including arriving by ambulance and three or more different departmental diagnostic tests.”
Health care officials had to test Gleason to make sure he didn’t have a heart attack due to his history of passing out. In this case, he was billed more than the listed price for his ER visit said the hospital’s billing department.
“The price of ER admission was over $2,960 including more than $1,000 for the medical procedures performed. We won’t significantly bring down health care costs until we address high prices like these,” explained officials of Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
While the bill may seem unfair, it is not ‘unusual’ and the hospital has every right to collect it, John Hennessy, healthcare consulting firm WellRithms chief business development officer told KHN.
Source: New York Post