We were told we needed to schedule the 18 week ultrasound a few days after our last checkup. So we did. We showed up on 10/25 and it went pretty much just like the first. Lisa, armed with a full bladder, changed into the hospital gown, we engaged in small talk with the ultrasound tech for a few minutes and then were looking at our slightly larger little alien fetus again.
Everything seemed well and our little guy or girl was growing just fine. Good news. All in all, it took about 20 or so minutes from sit down to walking out.
Surprisingly, the bill for this ultrasound was actually less than the previous. Not sure if the ultrasounds become less complicated the farther along during the pregnancy or whatever, but this one was noticeably less expensive than the 8 week. From our perspective, everything was very familiar, but hey, I won’t complain.
That being said, I have noticed from previous hospital visits throughout the years that they can be slow at sending bills. So this may not be complete, and a month or two from now we could be slammed with another charge. One thing that stands out is we were not billed for “921 OTHER DIAG PERIPHERAL LAB” like we were for the 1st ultrasound. Let’s hope that it wasn’t necessary for this, or something like that.
Here’s our statements for this. For some reason, they didn’t send us the detailed reports like the first couple appointments. Everything was just added to what we already owe.
402 OTH IMAG ULTRASOUND $624.00
ADJ – SELF PAY CHARITY -$124.80
ULTRASOUND OB DETAILED, SINGLE $330.00
HOSPITAL CHARITY ADJ 20% -$66.00
So we’re about half way through but I imagine everything will become more expensive near the end, especially the actual birth.
12/01/12 Update: We received what we assume is the final bill for this, so the charges are current… I hope.
Amount Due: $763.20
20% Charity Adjustment: -$643.78
Grand Total: $2,575.12