While I was in Portland my mother fell down her stairs. She broke her ankle and the bone right below the knee on her left leg.
Eight years ago she fractured the kneecap of her left leg.
Mom is 74.
She went through orthoscopic surgery Monday of this week. The hospital kept her "under observation" from Monday morning of this week until Thursday early afternoon...
She had extreme heart pains Monday morning after her surgery, they called in a cardiologist. They changed her Medicaire, took numerous EKG's, and determined her heartbeat was irregular.
For some reason they did not admit her as a patient, they kept her in the hospital under observation instead...
She was discharged Thursday and I had to find a nursing home for her to stay in while she undergoes therapy. I found one that I like and I think that my mother will get good care...
The only thing that is important at this point is that she gets the therapy she needs and is able to recover her health... My mother is one "tough old bat." I am fairly certain that she will be ok...
Since the hospital never admitted her, Medicare does NOT cover the stay in the nursing home.
It is amazing how expensive a stay in the nursing home will be. After everything is counted I am expecting her total monthly bill to be between 5 and 6 thousand dollars per month... That does NOT include what Medicare will pay... The total bill including what Medicare will pay looks to be much larger...
The costs associated with our health care system are so out of control it is impossible to believe.
Remember that I am an Accountant and my wife is a CPA. We really struggle to understand medical billing. That is frightening. If we cannot understand the medical billing process how can the average American?
We need to do something about our healthcare system. The government is WAY too involved in the process.
Did you know that EVERY hospital has a large staff that handles just Medicare?
We need to eliminate some of the needless paperwork and simplify our system.
We need to get the government out of healthcare. They have screwed it up so bad that I am not sure how it can be fixed at this point.
How do you think the system should be fixed?