Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The Envelope, Please…

Today, the mailman (truthfully the mailwoman because, well, he’s a she) brought us an envelope, which, in and of itself is not that strange. After all, it is her job.

This standard white mailer announced that it came from 50% recycled material… how thoughtful. It was thin, with a two small plastic windows, one above the other, announcing the recipient and the sender. The recipient you can guess.

The sender was the twins’ birth hospital.

As you might guess, this was a bill. It is not the first bill we have received; nor will it be the last, I’m sure. But this particular bill was an itemized jobber for hospital services rendered for Doss. So basically it was all the stuff the hospital did for Doss, excluding doctors’ costs.

I was surprised by the pre-insurance total. In fact, stunned would be a fair descriptor.

Would you care to take a guess? Actually, I want you to guess. What’s that you say? Where’s the incentive? Well, let’s make contest out of it.

The person who can get closest without going over wins a new How About Two? t-shirt before they are available for purchase.

Geez, I feel like Bob Barker.


Blogger Lainey-Paney said...

That's my final answer.
No, I would not like to phone a friend, but thank you, Regis.

4/25/2007 8:26 AM  
Blogger p said...

$75,000 seems "reasonable"

4/25/2007 9:24 AM  
Anonymous tana said...

43. Oh, sorry wrong question.


4/25/2007 10:09 AM  
Anonymous Rhonda S said...


I have known several people whose children have spent significant time in a NICU and the costs are STAGGERING. I hear comments re: these people like "Well, they have insurance, don't they?" But 3 months in a NICU will run you right up to the limits of your coverage. Such a shame.

4/25/2007 10:21 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I'm gonna say $110,000.

4/25/2007 10:21 AM  
Blogger Kassandra said...

Lets see multiply that by 2 carry the 1...


I know for our boring 3 day hospital stay alone was 11,000 for just the room and the concrete like bed.

4/25/2007 11:32 AM  
Blogger Jennie said...

In true Price is Right fashion, I should probably say $1 because I think (hope) other people have overbid. But just to keep it interesting I will guess $30,000.

4/25/2007 11:33 AM  
Blogger honglien123 said...

My bill for my daughter's 3 day long labor and birth was a little over $24,000. I'm guessing little Doss probably cost your insurance company (at least I HOPE it was all covered) to be at least $150,000 considering all the specialists and the move.

4/25/2007 12:03 PM  
Anonymous Leigh said...

Knowing medical expenses these days I'll guess $275,000.

4/25/2007 12:45 PM  
Blogger geenalyn said...

I'm going to say 237,500. My kids had NICU stays as well, and all i can say is thankgod i live in Canada so i never had to worry about the cost

4/25/2007 1:27 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Because I had twins in the NICU and have some idea... I am guess 200,000 ish.. My girls and me were million dollar babies!

4/25/2007 2:14 PM  
Anonymous Jenn Benn said...

I'm going with $201,400

4/25/2007 2:24 PM  
Anonymous L.A. Daddy said...


Tthat's the number my fingers hit at random and I'm stickin' with it.

4/25/2007 2:34 PM  
Anonymous Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

Pre-insurance? Just Doss?


4/25/2007 7:37 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Hmmmm....thinking about the bills I've received recently for D's NICU stay....

I'll guesstimate $123,xxx (and I bet that it's going to go higher and higher as more bills trickle into the least, that's what ours did). At last check, our grand total was $87,xxx. I've never been so grateful for health insurance in my life.

4/25/2007 9:27 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

Hmmm...I did a wonderful scrapbook page on this. My kids NICU stays were billed at $618,754.58 - but that was 3 years ago, 2 kids, a total of 128 baby-days.

I'm going with $138,252

4/26/2007 2:52 PM  
Blogger radioactive girl said...

Medical bills are the bane of my existance. Not only od you have to go through the awful stuff, but then you get the privelage of paying for it as well. I am still paying my cancer bills, and that was almost two years ago.

$240,000? I hope I am way over, but after seeing what mine were, I am not sure.

4/26/2007 6:00 PM  
Blogger Poppy said...

My youngest son was born at 29 weeks, in the NICU for 3 months. Bills totalled close to 800 grand. This was 26 years ago.

I'm going to take guess and say Doss' bill came to about $245,000 total.

4/26/2007 11:37 PM  
Blogger AnotherMomCreation said...

3 months in the nicu, $157,651....
but give The T-shirt to the Squeaker. With Bills like that you need all the shirts you can get.

4/27/2007 7:54 AM  
Blogger Librarina said...

I am going to guess $412,895... Just a random number, but I remember seeing how high the bill was for my son's delivery -- and that didn't include any NICU time...

5/01/2007 6:22 PM  

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