Los Angeles, CA
Butterfly McQueen uttered my favorite line from Gone with the Wind. Why? Because it sums up what I know about the medical profession, the Antebellum South, and about being a parent.
My buddy Otis welcomed his second child into this world. We call him "Dos" because it's a cool nickname. Kinda like Otis. Unfortunately, Otis and his family got shakendown by St. Francis Hospital in South Carolina.
Here's the summary...
Below is a long and detailed account of paying to have my second child delivered at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville, SC. It is a story of broken promises, misinformation, and billing practices that have been reported to state and federal regulators. It serves as a warning to people seeking to self-pay for the cost of having a baby at St. Francis Hospital. No matter what you may be told, no matter what you may pay in advance, no matter how many receipts showing zero balances you have, you will never know when the hospital billing will stop. St. Francis Hospital can charge you whatever it wants to deliver your baby, and it will charge you much more than it promises in advance. Although the healthcare professionals there are magnificent and are beyond reproach, the billing office should give you pause....Oh my, Otis' story makes me deathly afraid of having children and/or dealing with billing offices in hospitals.
Read the entire nightmare by Otis... St. Francis Hospital: The real cost of having a baby.
Wow, Butterfly McQueen was right. I don't know nothing about birthin babies.
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