MAXED OUT - As Medical Costs Soar, The Insured Face Huge Tab
Jim Dawson Hit Cap After Hospital Padding; The $1.2 Million Bill
MERCED, Calif. -- One day in late July, Jim Dawson happily returned home. He had spent the previous five months in the hospital battling an infection that nearly killed him. The phone rang shortly after Mr. Dawson and his wife, Loretta, entered their house.
It was the hospital. California Pacific Medical Center was calling to remind the Dawsons that they owed it $1.2 million.
Mr. Dawson, 61 years old, had health insurance through his employer, but had maxed out his plan's $1.5 million lifetime cap halfway through his long hospital stay. In addition to the bill from CPMC, Mr. Dawson owed tens of thousands of dollars more to scores of doctors who were involved in his care. Mr. Dawson and his wife's combined assets totaled a fraction of their medical debt.
"I had never thought in a million years that anything like that could ever happen," says Mrs. Dawson....
Dec 11, '07
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