"I was afraid, I thought I might be dying, I was thinking about my deductible. The number '$2,500' flashed through my mind. Or was that my maximum 'out of pocket'?How much did the workup "cost?" How much did the insurer pay? How much did the patient end up paying for the ambulance ride and the care he received?
I knew for sure that I was enrolled in a $129-per-month emergency and hospitalization plan with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. Like everyone, I'd heard that a trip to an emergency room could cost several grand.
'I can't afford that,' I muttered.
'Now isn't the time to worry about money,' my sister responded, slightly scolding.
Then my eyes rolled upward into my skull as I blacked out again, my chin dropping to the top of my chest and the rest of me still just sitting there."