Cancer Patient Slapped With $4,000 Deductible Hours Before Surgery

A patient with endometrial cancer was basically told by a hospital to pay up or die after the finance department hit her with a $4,000 deductible.

Amintou Sow — host of the "Call Your Girlfriend" podcast — had a rude awakening when the finance department at a hospital where she was scheduled to undergo cancer surgery refused to move forward with the operation until she paid her $4,000 deductible.

According to Raw Story, Sow chronicled the ordeal in a Twitter thread, spotted by Vox, without naming the hospital. She alleged that she was blindsided by the finance department back in December and had the option to either, “Pay or no care for you.”

Sow stated on her Twitter account that she’d been diagnosed with endometrial cancer and was thankful that it was caught early. But that early detection meant almost nothing to the hospital that she thought had her best interest at heart and not its hand in her wallet.

She continued in her tweets this week, “Money really is at the heart of everything that is f***ed up with our healthcare. Case in point: I’m scheduled for surgery tomorrow morning. It’s been on the books for weeks. I’ve gone through extensive pre-testing and have followed up with the hospital every step of the way.”

In parts of the world like the United Kingdom, the National Health Service was created after World War II and provides free health care to all UK residents. But in America, it doesn’t even matter if you have a terminal illness, worse yet if you have no health insurance. Prepare to die if that deductible isn’t paid.

Sow isn’t the first person to receive this type of treatment, Vox’s Sarah Cliff said. Hospitals are normally wary of high deductibles because they fear they might have to run down former patients for payment, hence demanding deductible payments upfront.

So, what exactly would these hospitals rather have happen, losing out on money or potentially having blood on their hands? Based on Sow’s story, they’d choose the latter.

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