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Those Indecipherable Medical Bills? They're One Reason Health Care Costs So Much.

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Those Indecipherable Medical Bills?

They’re One Reason Health Care Costs So Much..

The catastrophe struck Wanda Wickizer on Christmas Day 2013.

A generally healthy, energetic 51-year-old, she suddenly found herself vomiting all day, racked with debilitating headaches.

When her alarmed teenage son called an ambulance, the paramedics thought that she had food poisoning and didn’t take her to the emergency room.

Later, when she became confused and groggy at 3 a.m., her boyfriend raced her to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in coastal Virginia, where a scan showed she was suffering from a subarachnoid hemorrhage.

During a subarachnoid hemorrhage, if the pressure in the head isn’t relieved, blood accumulates in that narrow space and can push the brain down toward the neck.

Vital nerves that control breathing and vision are compressed.

Death is imminent.

Wickizer was whisked by helicopter ambulance to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, 160 miles away, for an emergency procedure to halt the bleeding.


Author: ELISABETH ROSENTHAL

Source: nytimes.com

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