Nancy R wrote:
😂 Believe it or not, there are a few people who have been there longer than me! At the service recognition dinner last December, there was one guy who had been there 45 years!
My hospital is a non-profit hospital, and if you can’t pay, they will treat you anyway. One guy I remember racked up over $1,000,000 in charges and ended up dying anyway. Lost track of how many times he came to the O.R.
I can't really wrap my head around 45 years at the same company. I had my last job for 6 years and it felt like an eternity. I don't know how many people I saw come and go in 6 years - 45 would be staggering.
I also don't get how any hospital can charge a human being a million dollars to survive. It's great that he didn't have to pay, especially considering the result, but someone somewhere put a price on life.
He was in ICU the entire time which is very expensive. He didn’t have insurance so of course the hospital had to eat the charges. Ultimately of course the rest of us paid for it with increases in cost of care and increases in health insurance premiums.
My twins were born 12 weeks premature and spent 2 months in the hospital and the charges totaled about $1,000,000, but we had Blue Cross Blue Shield and they paid the entire bill!
I loved my job in the O.R. and lived only 5 miles away, so it was easy to stay there over 30 years.