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Sad story of the dying SF writer trying to get a comically stupid billing error fixed: http://www.jlake.com/2013/04/23/cancer-a-lot-more-on-that-billing-problem/

I like to think that in his place I'd just take the $240 hit and get on with what little remained of my life, but he's right that he shouldn't have to.

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Heh. I could have guessed which insurance company it was from the details of the story. After two years with their so-called coverage we dropped out of a group plan and paid for individual insurance just so we wouldn't have to deal with them any longer. I swear they denied every third claim just for the hell of it and threw a dart at a chart on the wall to decide what reason to give for denying. They denied one based on pre-existing condition, claiming we hadn't had comparable coverage the year before. We'd had the exact same coverage, through them, the year before. They tried to claim that one doctor that my husband saw at the same clinic we always went to was out-of-network, even though he was listed on their website as in-network. Oh, and the family practitioner that the kids and I saw was in-network for them, but out-of-network for me.

They usually backed down pretty quick when we called and confronted them with their idiocy, though. I'm sorry that Jay Lake is not having that part of our experience.

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This is precisely what is wrong with our current healthcare finance system.
I wish that was all that was wrong with our (incredibly inefficient and unethical) system.
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