This Ought To Be Fun

A few posts back, I talked about my wisdom tooth surgery and how they had to do a bone graft to replace bone taken out of my jaw as well as the hole where the tooth was that they removed.  Apparently, a big enough hole wouldn’t have healed well (if at all) by itself, and could have led to problems with my jaw throughout life.

Yes, it’s as fun as it sounds, plus it still gets sore.  I guess the level of grafting that they had to do, it will probably take another two or three months to fully heal.  It isn’t impacting my eating or any activities, but I still don’t eat foods where you have to pull with your teeth/jaw really hard, and if I do use my jaw a lot, I’ll be pretty sore by the end of the day.

But, the really fun part came with the bill.  Apparently, the $900 figure they printed out wasn’t exactly accurate.  I logged online to my insurance website and saw that the claim had been filed in the amount of $2,400.  Yikes!

I really hope that, like so many procedures, the agreed upon amount is a fraction of what the billed cost was.  That would make my 10% co-pay even worse.

Still, since the claim is in ‘Open’ status I’m having nightmares of them denying the claim altogether or revealing that they will only pay up to a certain amount, or something else crazy like that.  Usually, this insurance company has come through in the past, so I’m hoping that it works out fine, but until that claim status goes from ‘Open’ to something more agreeable, I’m a bit anxious.

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