She Got Her Boyfriend’s Medical Bill Reduced From $5,000 to Just $26, but When She Revealed How She’d Done It, He Went Crazy

A woman recently went online to ask if she was wrong to have gone all-out when trying to get her boyfriend’s medical bill discounted. Here’s her story

He got a huge bill

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“My boyfriend had to go to the ER after an accident,” the woman began. “He got a truly ridiculous bill of $5,000. I offered to fight the bill for him because I’ve done it before, and he said sure.”

It would’ve ruined Christmas

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“I went all-out because, honestly, if we were down five grand after insurance, that would mess up our Christmas plans.”

She explained what she’d done

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The woman gave a detailed description of her week-long campaign. First, she had her boyfriend call the hospital and authorize her to handle his bill and access his medical records.

She got an itemized bill

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Then she requested an itemized bill for his treatment, which she compared against fair-price indicators. She found he’d been overcharged by 700%.

They gave her the runaround

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She then tried calling the hospital to dispute the bill. This only led to a wild goose chase around call center departments, so she adopted a different approach.

She went straight to the top

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She went online and searched Google and LinkedIn for members of the hospital’s board, upper management, and biggest investors.

Once she’d gotten a list of 30 of the most important names, she began emailing them daily, giving them increasingly detailed explanations of her grievance.

She didn’t give up

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This escalated until the woman was regularly emailing the hospital’s directors (with board members and select investors cc’d for good measure) asking for a statement to justify why they were charging people in need of medical care seven times the national average.

They couldn’t ignore her

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The woman said that her campaign only took 15 minutes every day, but after a week, her persistence paid off.

It Was a 99.5% Discount

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The hospital said they would reduce the man’s bill from $5,000 to a meager $26. The woman was thrilled, but she did not expect her boyfriend’s reaction.

He Couldn’t Believe It

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When the woman gave her boyfriend the good news, he was initially thrilled and called her a “Christmas miracle.” He asked how she’d managed to pull off such a stunning victory.

The woman proudly began telling her boyfriend about her email campaign. He began looking concerned and asked to see the emails.

He Accused Her

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On seeing how many emails she’d sent and to whom, the woman’s boyfriend got mad at her. He said he’d only expected her to call the billing department, not “internet stalk” management and “threaten and harass” people.

The woman became angry at her boyfriend. She’d just saved Christmas for them, and he was mad at her for it?

She asked the internet

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With both parties at loggerheads, the woman asked the internet for their thoughts.

The internet responded

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The internet backed the woman. “You’re a rock star and should be a professional advocate for those who get ripped off in healthcare like this,” said one. “Your boyfriend is so unappreciative and clearly clueless about how diligent you need to be to challenge an erroneous bill. Tell him it’s the only Christmas gift you’re giving him.”

“I think you need to start a business doing this for others,” said another.

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