Well, we have the preliminary "what our insurance will be billed" bill for our daughter's ER visit - (not including the Dr Fee) before insurance kicks in...
That cost is just under $64,000. This is just the ER and drug Anascorp for the 6 hour visit to the ER for when our 4-year-old daughter after she was stung by an Arizona Bark Scorpion.
Remember, this was probably around $12,000 per vial of medicine... the same medicine that is around $100 per vial in Mexico.
Here's the thing, our insurance will hopefully pick up most of this tab, but we are ALL paying for it. When the insurance company has to pay absurd prices for saving our kid's life, yes we are happy BUT, we all pay for it in increased costs for insurance. Even the doctor who helped bring this Mexican drug into the US is surprised by the costs and how it will limit the use of the drug, especially since not everyone can afford to pay this hefty price, many will likely not pay the bill. When we were in the ER, the nurse did say that she said only a few people have actually paid, so the cost will increase to help make margins and fewer hospitals will carry the drug.
With only one drug company bringing this stuff into the US, there's no competition! So, when oxygen levels drop like our daughter's did, risking brain damage / death or having a huge bill isn't exactly a real question on anyone's mind!
What's a family to do?