Sovah only sees the bottom line

To the editor:

On Feb. 20, I had the unfortunate bad luck of falling on the ice. As a result, I broke my ankle in two places. I was referred to Spectrum Medical where I was advised by a doctor that I needed emergency surgery. Spectrum was kind enough to set up monthly payments for the doctor’s fees and I was scheduled for one-day surgery at Sovah Health Danville for the following Monday.

When the hospital called to go over the pre-op appointment, I asked about making payment arrangements. I do not have health insurance as my employer does not offer it, and I cannot afford former President Barack Obama’s “Affordable” Care Act insurance. I was informed that since I do not have insurance that I would have to pay the entire amount up front. They did discount the amount, but how was I to afford $12,675.24? I don’t know about you, but I do not have that kind of money.

I ended up going to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville where they were very accommodating with payment arrangements. Everyone was extremely competent and caring. I would highly recommend UVa. Sovah Health is not in business to help; they are only interested in their bottom line.



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