You have probably boggled at the pharmacy cost.
Here's the story behind this bill.
Here is the takeaway: "Todd Fassler was bitten earlier this month , reportedly while trying to pose for a selfie with the snake."
Can you say, "Blindingly stupid moron who should be removed from the gene pool and we missed a great chance to do just that?" I knew you could.
Here's another. http://kfor.com/2015/07/30/oklahoma-woman-receives-nearly-200000-hospital-bill-after-being-bitten-by-snake/
And for those upset about the hospital bill here is the solution nobody wants:
1) Don't get bitten by a rattlesnake. (OK, most people actually DO want this).
2) If you do get bitten (as I was), do not go to a hospital to seek treatment (I did not go) if you do not have insurance (and I had no insurance).
WHAT YOU SORTA KNOW BUT WON'T ACCEPT
From the CBS report, "Fassler's bill included a line item of $83,341.25 for 'pharmacy' to cover the antivenom, as reporter Dan Haggerty of KGTV in San Diego posted on Twitter. According to the original report, Fassler used up the antivenom supply from two hospitals." NB: It is now spelled antivenom instead of antivenin. English is a living language and evolves.
A dose has a wholesale cost of up to $2,500 per vial. We do not know how many vials Mr. Fassler needed. We can guess. The CBS story says some patients need more than 50.
50 x $2500 = $125,000.
How much did he need?
WHAT YOU DO KNOW BUT WON'T ACCEPT
Running a hospital is expensive.
When you go to the hospital, you are not actually paying for what you use. Confusing. I try to explain.
You are paying for availability.
You are paying for nurses, doctors, orderlies, administrators, janitors, clerical staff to be there to help you when you show up.
You are paying for reservoirs of oxygen tanks, all kinds of medications, hospital beds, linens, needles, intravenous lines, walls, paint, cleaning supplies, insurance and the list goes on.
That Tylenol pill that costs $8 that you say you can get for pennies per pill at the drugstore? You are not paying for the pill. You are paying for someone to manage the inventory. Make sure it is kept in the right place. Make sure it gets from the pharmacy to you. Make sure it is not expired. Make sure you are not actually allergic to any of the ingredients in it. Have someone monitor you while the drug is coursing its way through your system.
Expired medicines, that are tossed still have attached bills that must be paid. The hospital has to recoup that loss somewhere. For those on the
You are paying for the most advanced medical care on earth today to be at your beck and call. That's expensive.
WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW
The US supply of coral snake antivenom officially expired in 2007. The FDA has extended the shelf life -with no research on how effective it actually is - through this year. Another extension will be granted, I betcha. Why?
If this offends you, that no one will make more because there's no profit, keeping reading. The solution is close at hand for you on the left, right, middle, diagonal and inverted.
Here's a forum discussion on antivenom expiration dates. http://www.venomousreptiles.org/forums/Experts/51448?page=2
SOME HOSPITAL FINANCIAL FACTS
About 2/3s of hospitals in the US are either non profit or run with taxpayer dollars, which amounts to nonprofit. http://www.aha.org/research/rc/stat-studies/fast-facts.shtml Nonprofits are required to funnel any profit back into the system.
Further, hospitals are in the business of writing off uncollectible accounts. Here's a story about the hospital, in another county, that covers my county. https://www.tiftregional.com/body.cfm?id=385&action=detail&ref=5
Further, an inability to keep up financially is closing hospitals. http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/finance/a-state-by-state-breakdown-of-80-rural-hospital-closures.html
My own community closed its hospital 25 years ago. When it closed the place went 7 days without a an overnight patient.
In case you don't
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO CHANGE THINGS BUT REFUSE TO
Again, per the CBS report, "Part of the reason the bill is large for most snake bite victims is because there is only one [US] manufacturer and limited supply of the antivenom." https://www.crofab.com/
Supply & demand. For those of you on the
For those of you on the
Start making antivenom and selling it. Period. Put up or shut up. There's apparently a huge market for the stuff and possibly a lot of money to be made. Go ye forth. Make it and sell it at cost. Save people.
Being the generous guy I am, here, I will help you get started - http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/health/g561/how-to-make-antivenom-why-the-world-is-running-out/
For those of you who worry about what producing antivenom does to critters, Shut. Up. Use yourself as the laboratory to m
Please pay close attention to the massive costs associated with producing antivenom no matter the source. If I have any remaining
Don't like the costs associated with health care? Go to college, earn a degree in a health field, then volunteer. You can cut the costs.
Otherwise, please go back to your corner and sit weeping quietly. Those of us actually working our posteriors off to make this a better world do not have time to coddle SJWs.
WHAT NONE OF YOU WILL DO
Help this guy pay off this bill. Period. Even $5 will help. Do a little research. Find out where the hospital is. Call and send '
I could. I won't. When I saw that he was posing with the snake, I lost all sympathy for him and have no regard for his hospital bill. I'm all about personal responsibility and accountability.
THE QUESTIONS YOU WANT ANSWERED
That's the third snake to bite me. The other two were not big enough to eat. I caught them. They