I haven’t yet written much about our summer adventure in healthcare with Peter, and it may be I never will, since I still don’t understand enough to say anything intelligent about it. But one thing I can say is that it was very expensive. On paper the costs were about $13,000. Our insurance company immediately discounted that to about $7,000, and paid part of the difference between that and our initial $5000 deductible. We had to pay a few hundred dollars worth of non-hospital charges right away, and arranged to have one $600 bill paid in six monthly installments.
That still left about $4900 due to the hospital. The financial people had encouraged us to apply to their charitable organization to have some or all of that covered. We did, but even though our income is miniscule these days we still have significant savings, and so I didn’t expect that we would qualify. We didn’t. But we did arrange to stretch the payments toward the debt over eighteen months, which helped. So far we’ve made two $300 payments.
After getting back from running some errands yesterday afternoon, Debbie handed me a letter from the hospital. Without giving any reasons, the hospital had written to inform us that their charitable organization had decided to cover the remaining $4300 we owed them.
We’re grateful to the hospital’s charitable organization, and especially to God who saw fit to change their mind about this.