Tales of Scary Medical Costs: Not Having Health Insurance Could Haunt You With Cringe-Worthy Bills for Years to Come

October 30, 2014

COLUMBUS, OH – It’s Halloween season, thus the right time of the year to share some stories about the frightening cost of high medical bills that can result for consumers who do not have health coverage. The dollar amounts can be ghastly. Medical costs can be hair-raising for the uninsured, skyrocketing with every procedure and test needed for diagnosis and treatment.

Top five spooky stories about the high cost of not having health insurance:

  1. Ohio is home to some spooky and scary poisonous spiders like the black widow and brown recluse. Getting treatment for an infection after a spider bite could run you up to $200 without insurance or 33 cans of bug spray.
  2. Getting stitches from a vampire bite? That could cost you $400 without insurance. That’s enough to buy 800 garlic cloves.
  3. Halloween is right in the middle of football season and – from the Football Hall of Fame to Ohio’s college and professional teams – Ohioans can’t get enough of the pigskin. But that sprained ankle from your flag football game could cost $1,000 without insurance or around 10 tickets to a professional football game.
  4. On a ghost tour of a haunted Civil War Hospital, you may get scared and trip and fall down the stairs, possibly breaking a leg. The price? Without health insurance, it could cost $2,500 to treat or around 208 copies of the movie “Ghostbusters.”
  5. Maybe you haven’t exercised in a while and are a bit out of shape, but didn’t want to miss out on trick-or-treating. All the walking and frightening ghosts and ghouls can cause a heart attack. A lot of specialists might be involved in caring for you, including through surgery and a stay in the hospital, adding up to a spine-chilling, blood-curdling $65,000 or around 7,222 bags of candy.

The solution is simple: plan to get covered by shopping for a plan on the Health Insurance Marketplace as soon as open enrollment begins on November 15. There is no need to be alarmed by the cost, as 84% of the more than 154,000 Ohioans who purchased a plan through the Marketplace during the first open enrollment cycle qualified for financial assistance to lower their monthly premiums.

Open enrollment runs from November 15 to February 15. You can learn more about the Affordable Care Act, your coverage options, and how you can get covered atwww.getcoveredamerica.org or by contacting a Get Covered America Ohio office in Cleveland (216-314-2392), Cincinnati (513-667-2304), or Columbus (614-636-0385).

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