Saturday, June 25, 2016

Just saying...

Just saying...  I scanned in some more paper today (love my paperless system!), and I noticed a feature that counts the total pages scanned to any folder.  I've been using this system for just under 18 months now, and I have scanned 266 pages of medical-related stuff.  The vast majority of this is either Explanation of Benefits (EOBs) from our insurance company, or bills from medical providers.  That's about one page of paperwork every other day.

Am I the only one who thinks this is a bit ... excessive?

We're still receiving EOBs and bills for Debbie's latest injury, a month ago.  But so far, we've received stuff for:
  • paramedics who treated Debbie at the fairgrounds
  • ambulance that took her to the hospital
  • emergency room
  • three different labs for blood and urine tests
  • four different X-rays and CAT scans at the hospital
  • evaluation for surgery
  • medical ward (while waiting for surgery and recovering from it)
  • transitional care unit
  • physical therapy at the hospital
  • physical therapy at home
  • surgeon who did the knee repair
  • anesthesiologist
  • surgery room
  • drugs from hospital pharmacy
  • followup exam at the surgeon's offices (not at the hospital)
  • X-rays at the surgeon's office
Surely there's a better way than subjecting everyone who needs medical care to this sort of paperwork avalanche.  It's as though you took your car in for repair, and then got 40 “Explanation of Repair” forms, along with bills from the oil wholesaler, the mechanic, the lift, the billing department, the guy who cleans the place up, the spark plug manufacturer, and the other 35 parts they used.

Just saying...

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