Im continually blown away on how much it’s costs to treat a severe exacerbation here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Granted, we have some of the best hospitals and medical care anywhere in the world here, but it certainly doesn’t come cheap.
2019 was an exceptionally expensive year. For starters, how about $600,000.00 for a single 9 day hospital stay? That’s gotta be record, even for me. I also had 4 other hospitalizations for asthma, of which one triggered by an anaphylatic reaction to the Shingles vaccine.. Those hospital stints ranged from $150-400K each.
Then there’s the surgery bills to treat my Glottic Stenosis, those were a bargain at only $70,000 a pop. (I had four of those surgeries this year).
You’ll notice I use the word “treat”, as there is no fix or cure for these conditions. More than likely I will need periodic dilation surgery of my vocal cords for as long as I live. As far as my lung issues, it’s pretty much a given that I will continue to bounce in and out of hospitals, though hopefully not as frequently. Either way, my medical bills will probably be crazy high for the foreseeable future and beyond. Thank goodness for Medicare and supplemental medical insurance ,right?