Hi everyone! I'm new here, and created an account just to find out if anyone else has had a similar experience. I had my vsg in December and my insurance does not cover any type of bariatric surgery so I'm private pay. I was quoted about $14,000 including surgery cost, surgeon cost, anesthesia and included one night in the hospital. I knew I would have to pay about $750 extra after surgery for hernia repair (my surgeon did this at the same time).
My surgeons office gave me w complete breakdown of costs. He performs the surgery at a nearby hospital and I was quoted this price as well and paid in advance. Well this week I received a bill from the hospital saying I owed another $27,000! I'm freaking out. I called their billing department but the woman who answered the phone was rude and unhelpful. She was unable to tell me the charges but said they will mail me the itemized bill. I tried calling my surgeons office and left a message but they were out for lunch, so I don't know anything else yet. I don't know what to do and I'm just trying not to cry at this point. If I owe that much, then I deeply regret the surgery because I do not have that kind of money. Has anyone else experienced something like that? i have no idea what to do