Imagine being in your garage, opening a box of air conditioner filters, when you are suddenly stung by a scorpion—and that’s not even the worst part!
A 52 year old Ahwatukee, AZ woman felt a razor-sharp prick on her abdomen, but the worst sting came several months later when she opened the $83,000 hospital bill.
After the sting, Marcie Edmonds started experiencing typical scorpion sting symptoms:
Mild tingling and burning sensation
Shortly after experiencing all of the agonizing symptoms of the scorpion’s sting, Edmonds called Poison Control which directed her to the emergency room at Chandler Regional Medical Center. She was educated about scorpion sting treatments, like the antivenom Anascorp, which could quickly relieve her symptoms. She was given the Anascorp, through IV, in two doses then was released from the hospital.
A Shock in the Mail
Several weeks after the scorpion sting, Marcie Edmonds was figuratively stung by a massive hospital bill she received in the mail that totaled $83,046. The two Anascorp doses, billed at $39,652 a piece, were partly covered by her insurer Humana. Edmonds was held financially accountable for the remaining $25,537, and said the physician never mentioned the cost of the drug or any possible treatment alternatives.
Pricey Antivenom Markup
The Arizona Republic reports that scorpion antivenom distributors charge about $3,500 per dose. A valley-wide hospital poll found that the scorpion antivenom charges range from $7,900-$12,467. Pharmacies in Mexico only charge around $100, which has left many of us wondering, especially Marcie Edmonds, why hospitals are charging so much.
Scorpion control is a necessity for those living in Mesa, Arizona. Professionals offer year round treatments for an approximate cost of $400. Doing the math in my head, Mrs. Edmonds could have possibly saved herself $82,600 and steered clear of this nightmare altogether, if she solicited the help of an experienced exterminator.
Avoid costly hospital visits caused by scorpion stings by contacting a scorpion control professional today!