Ouch! Bitten by a $143.000 hospital bill!

June 8, 2012  |  North America, Payment

America. Land of opportunity. Yes, the opportunity to get bitten by a rattlesnake and get a $143.000 hospital invoice to boot. That’s what Norwegian student Dag-Are Trydal experienced in San Diego, the eighth-largest city in the US. Unfortunately Trydal wasn’t deterred by the loud shaking of the titular noise-maker at the end of the rattlesnake’s tail when he was making his way to his car at a parking lot. It crept up behind him and bit him in the foot.

Double the pain

But perhaps the bite itself wasn’t the most painful part of the experience for the 23-year-old. The hospital unabashedly charged the student $143.000 (nearly 115.000 euro) for their cares. “It seemed insanely high. I didn’t understand how it could be so expensive. Fortunately, I have student insurance,” said the exchange student from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Trydal’s travel insurance firm, Europeiske Reiseforsikring, has to cough up the money to pay the bill. A spokeswoman said that she had never experienced anything like this in the 25 years that she has worked for the company. America. Land of extremes.


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