Arizona Mother Fights $900 Medical Bill After Premature Baby Dies Minutes After Birth
The death of a child is something no parent ever wants to face. And reliving such a traumatic experience in order to settle a medical bill would seem to only make it worse.
Melissa Sherman, an Arizona mother, lost her youngest daughter Kaylee just minutes after her premature birth last July, WCPO reports (h/t The Daily Mail). Sherman then spent months battlingBanner Good Samaritan Medical Center over a nearly $900 bill that Sherman says she received despite the newborn not receiving any substantial medical care.
"I don't want to relive it over and over, so it's been really emotional," Sherman told WCPO.
Sherman felt strongly that her bill for $896.73 “didn't make sense,” but it was only after she started working with local news station ABC15 that the hospital agreed to waive the costs. The hospital’s CEO, Larry Volkmar, said he only dropped the charges to zero as a “courtesy,” insisting that the bill included “routine daily accommodation charges” and was “accurate.”
As in Sherman’s case, medical bills can become even more complicated when insurance companies get involved. A hospital patient in Southern California, for example, could have cut her bill in half if she elected to pay the hospital in cash rather than use her insurance, the Los Angeles Times reports.