My Hospital Bill for Two Weeks Was $200,000

Piqua, OH
United States

April 1, 2014 was the first day my ACA took effect. I had waited until that date to go to the doctors. I knew there were some things I thought weren't right with me but didn't know how my life would change.

The rescue squad was called from the doctors office to transport me to the hospital. I don't remember much of the first week in the hospital. They kept me in a state of semi-consciousness. Once they woke me I was in a step-down unit for another week.

I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, afib, pneumonia (just a little in one lung), and a few other things. My hospital bill for those two weeks was $200,000. I also had specialist bills and drug bills. I had an insurance policy before ACA but it wouldn't have covered much at all. I am now on Medicare and do not use ACA, but I never understood the bad rap it was given. They always were there for me and answered any questions financially and health-wise.