Regarding "Ballot drive by labor group targets prices charged by Valley hospitals" article in The Bee on Feb. 7:
I experienced firsthand the devastation of a hospital bill, and the padded charge on Ambien for more than $40. The entire bill was explained to me over the phone and nothing made sense, as well as things became negotiable. We live in a country where people are afraid to get treated for anything because of dollar signs. Rather than have our health or well-being in the forefront, there is second guessing on calling an ambulance or going to the emergency room due to fear of what we will be charged. As soon as I was told that items could be taken off of my bill, I felt extremely cheated by the hospital, and of course questioned every charge.
We're on our way to using services such as Medibid.com more frequently. If my bill is negotiable, why not make it a bidding war for me as a patient? It really is a sad day when rather than have a professional take care of you, people are opting to stay home and take care of themselves.