Sunday, January 18, 2009

A teeny tiny treasure

It's funny as a collector, to wonder from time to time, if I have anything worth money. So imagine my surprise yesterday when I found out I had something worth probably more then gold. You'll be so surprised when I tell you what it is.

It's a bottle of Nasal Spray called Fluticasone Proponate - 16 g net wt. The reason I know it's worth a lot is that the final bill came from the hospital. On this itemized bill was the nosedrops that the nurse told me I might as well take with me, I had been charged for them. The cost for this small bottle of nose drops - $544.20. I'm not making this up. I could go on and on about the ludicrous amounts this HCA owned hospital charged for items.

I've decided when I'm well and ready to create - I'm going to make an "assemblage" with this bottle. Maybe I'll coat it with gold leaf or something.

I mean I understand businesses need to make a profit, but this must be against the law or something, don't you think?

You can bet I'll use up every drop of this medication before I use the bottle in that assemblage.

By the way, the final bill was $36, 337.81 That equates to about $9000 a day! Geez.........

7 comments:

Rambunctious Rambles said...

You just made the greatest argument for universal healthcare. Good riddance Bushie!!

Steve Cotton said...

Clever post. But you are always the clever one.

I have heard hospitals explain the mumbo-jumbo of why everything "sold" in a hospital has such a terrible markup. In the end, it usually comes back to some Medicare rule. And that is one reason President-elect Obama has never favored government-controlled health care.

Calypso said...

The cost of the spray lacks so much sense that to question that kind of bill becomes a need to leave reality - what I think they must want with such absurdity.

sniff-sniff

now where's that $5.00 nose spray?

Islagringo said...

Ridiculous. Insane. And we wonder why the cost of health care in the USA is so high. These people should be jailed.

1st Mate said...

Wow, that's right up there with the $5,000 toilet seats! They must think they're not using real money or something. Just hope it doesn't affect your health insurance premiums.

Found art blog said...

It always amazes me how the US can charge so much for health care. And how lucky I am for the UK NHS.....

Jackie said...

When I reviewed my daughters Cardiac ICU bill for 6 days last January I was absolutely amazed at the ridiculous charges. And this was at a university teaching hospital. Thank goodness both times my daughter was hospitalized after having a cardiac arrest she had insurance. How can anyone who does not ever get out of that kind of debt? When my mother had major seizure about 15 years ago and she had no insurance. My sisters and brother and I were so thankful that she was in a “Sisters of Charity Hospital” and they wrote off all of her expenses including a week in rehab.