Why You Get Huge Medical Surprise Bills

nytimes-21driveby-drier-master315Out-of-network providers work on patients without their knowing it
‘Before his three-hour neck surgery for herniated disks in December, Peter Drier, 37, signed a pile of consent forms. A bank technology manager who had researched his insurance coverage, Mr. Drier was prepared when the bills started arriving: $56,000 from Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, $4,300 from the anesthesiologist and even $133,000 from his orthopedist, who he knew would accept a fraction of that fee.

‘He was blindsided, though, by a bill of about $117,000 from an “assistant surgeon,” a Queens-based neurosurgeon whom Mr. Drier did not recall meeting…’

A Great World War II Story
Stealing the Jewel Voice
by Dan Lewis of NowIKnow.com
‘On July 26, 1945, the United States, China, and Great Britain issued the Potsdam Declaration to Japan, in hopes of putting World War II to an end without further bloodshed. The declaration closed with an ultimatum: “We call upon the government of Japan to proclaim now the unconditional surrender of all Japanese armed forces, and to provide proper and adequate assurances of their good faith in such action. The alternative for Japan is prompt and utter destruction.” On September 2nd — after two atomic bombs hit its cities, the Soviet Union invaded its territory, and American B-29s bombed its shores — Japan officially surrendered. The signing ceremony took place on the deck of the USS Missouri and, for the first time in years, the world was at relative peace.

‘But if it were up to a small cadre of Japanese, the surrendered would have never happened. This group, led by a high-ranking member of the Japanese military, attempted to prevent the surrender — not by overthrowing the empire, but by stealing a record…’

Aegis Malaysia apologizes to PH for derogatory video
And a British named Conlan who loves the Philippines deserves credit
‘…Aegis reportedly relayed that, “Since the acquisition of the People Support in 2008, the Philippines has been a catalyst for Aegis’ growth. We would like to articulate that Aegis has had a wonderful experience in the Philippines – great clients, a great leadership team and above all great employees.”

‘“We regret the upload of the recent video on Malaysia. The video was developed locally by an agency and uploaded in error and the contents were NOT approved by Aegis Corporate,” Aegis Limited reportedly told INQUIRER.net.

‘On a positive note, the British national Malcolm Conlan, who was adamant in voicing out his defense of the Philippines over the derogatory video, has posted his pleasure over the apology, saying, “I am very very pleased that Aegis have apologized for the video.”…’


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