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mahatmakanejeeves

(58,725 posts)
Thu Apr 4, 2024, 04:19 PM Apr 2024

She was encouraged to take a rabies shot after an encounter with a bat. Now a Charlottesville woman faces a $30K bill.

Hat tip, the Virginia Mercury


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HEALTH CARE

She was encouraged to take a rabies shot after an encounter with a bat. Now a Charlottesville woman faces a $30K bill.
'I'm feeling like this is really worrisome. I kept thinking this bankrupts a family.'

Hawes Spencer Apr 3, 2024

After a concerning encounter with a bat in her house last summer, a Charlottesville woman is trying to get answers about why the rabies shots recommended for her cost more than $30,000.

Jocelyn Diaz says she’s been getting increasingly stern letters from Martha Jefferson Hospital’s parent company, Sentara Health, telling her to pay her portion.

“I got this invoice and called Sentara and said, ‘I’m sure you made a mistake,’” Diaz told The Daily Progress. “There’s no way this could be this extraordinary amount.”

It’s not the first time Sentara has been accused of overcharging patients. Five years ago, Charlottesville residents learned the company had been charging them the highest health insurance rates in the country. Since then, the Department of Justice has been poring over the company’s financial records, reporting late last year that a Sentara subsidiary known as Optima Health may have unfairly pocketed $665 million by exploiting the monopoly Sentara held in Virginia for two years.

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She was encouraged to take a rabies shot after an encounter with a bat. Now a Charlottesville woman faces a $30K bill. (Original Post) mahatmakanejeeves Apr 2024 OP
Christ nt XanaDUer2 Apr 2024 #1
GD bloodsucking leeches providing health 'care'. What a scam CurtEastPoint Apr 2024 #2
Another grain of sand on the beach of reasons why Jerry2144 Apr 2024 #3
What is especially insulting is that once such an option is created, these leeches will cave. OldBaldy1701E Apr 2024 #7
Robbers seeking to become barrons, while masquarading as medical practioners. magicarpet Apr 2024 #4
The poor woman was safer with the bat! 70sEraVet Apr 2024 #5
A Honey Badger or a Tazmanian Devil would not have ransacked her wallet as badly as the hospital did. magicarpet Apr 2024 #6
she should lawyer up... democratsruletheday Apr 2024 #8

Jerry2144

(2,205 posts)
3. Another grain of sand on the beach of reasons why
Thu Apr 4, 2024, 04:54 PM
Apr 2024

We need non-profit, single-payer, government-run health care in this country. Get all of the greedy corporates out of dealing directly with people in need

OldBaldy1701E

(5,469 posts)
7. What is especially insulting is that once such an option is created, these leeches will cave.
Thu Apr 4, 2024, 06:01 PM
Apr 2024

They will stop overcharging and be forced to compete with the other option. Which, of course, makes one realize that they are, in fact, overcharging by WAY too much, that they have been all along, and they have been operating in the 'dark' to make sure we never figured it out. Once they realize the gravy train is over, they will suddenly find the wherewithal to reduce their blood sucking just to survive. And, it will be glorious.

magicarpet

(14,992 posts)
6. A Honey Badger or a Tazmanian Devil would not have ransacked her wallet as badly as the hospital did.
Thu Apr 4, 2024, 05:31 PM
Apr 2024
8. she should lawyer up...
Thu Apr 4, 2024, 06:37 PM
Apr 2024

there should be a young, aspiring lawyer who will take her case in a pro Bono fashion. Fuck those leeches.

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