Cleveland Clinic patient shocked by $2,300 bill for medications in hospital

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Cleveland Clinic patient shocked by $2,300 bill for medications in hospital

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Diane Dacka learned too late that she could have avoided a big medical bill had she been given a simple piece of information.

She has page after page listing the drugs her mother got while at the Cleveland Clinic in Avon.

All went well, until the bill came.

“When I received a bill for over $2,300, I was in total shock.” says Dacka.

Her mother is elderly and has what Dacka calls “cadillac” Medicare Part D prescription coverage. She has never spent more than $600 for a years coverage let alone one stay.

“Lipitor for a 90-day supply is $0 with her Plan D. Here, I believe they charged me seven and a half dollars for one pill.”

Clearly, there are ways to avoid this happening to you or a loved one at any medical facility. It’s really quite simple, according to Dacka.

“They’re charging from their pharmacy for medication that I could have brought in and avoided the $2,300. Make sure you check and bring your own medication into the facility,” Dacka added.

Diane has lots of paperwork detailing her efforts to get relief. She’s paid the bill and now is struggling with an appeal to Medicare and the hospital.

A spokeswoman with the Cleveland Clinic is gathering more information with the hospital system’s financial department.

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