Since the winter of 2006 I’ve kept precise records of all medical expenses. Every time I come home from the primary doctor, massage therapist, acupuncturist or specialist I create a digital copy of the bill, (using my scanner), and record the date, cost and a brief description of the service performed.
Last night I tallied the costs and found an astounding total. I spent nearly $27,000 on prescriptions and medical procedures from February 2006 through December 2009. Although I knew the overall tally would be high, I was certainly not prepared to see $27,000 flashing before me.
Some years cost more than others and 2006 and 2008 cost the most by far. My surgery was performed in late 2005, so the primary charges in 2006 revolved around physical therapy and pain management. In 2008 an experimental procedure was performed that cost $7,000. Following that procedure I underwent additional rounds of physical therapy and pain management.
This year I spent over $4500 on medical expenses. While $4500 is by no means a good number, I am happy to report that it is the smallest amount I’ve paid since my medical problems began nearly five years ago.
In the big scheme of things my medical issues are minor. I can’t imagine what people pay for larger problems. If you told me five years ago that I would still be paying $4500 in medical expenses each year I wouldn’t have believed you.
$27,000 is a ridiculous amount of money! I can only hope that a combination of time, proper medical treatment and prayer will help decrease my costs each year. In the mean time I’m thankful for a good job with solid medical insurance.