Jessica’s Lengthy Bills Jessica | My Life 15 MAR 2011

I’m not sure if I ever got around to mentioning just how much money Jessica’s arrival into this world cost you, the medical aid contributor.

The various bills and statements from all the parties involved have all more or less stopped flowing in now, and bar a few hundred Rand here and there, I can thankfully say that Discovery Health were absolute stars and picked up 99% of the costs, costs which would have made any mere mortal man weep.

The lengthy bill/statement I am holding up in the photo above is that from Netcare Kuilsriver Hospital. They were the big ones, with a total bill weighing in at a staggeringR248,000 (Remember, Jessica was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for just short of two months)! The paediatrician responsible for ensuring Jessica’s survival, Doctor Edson, sent me a paper bill just as long in terms of lenght, though his costs came in at roughly R32,000, and then there was still the odd couple of thousand that came in from the various support services, like the radiologists for example.

So all in all, Jessica’s arrival into this world probably cost just short of a massive R300,000 – which translates into making her even more precious than what she already is, mainly because she’s worth just less than half the value of my house! :P

All I can say is thank goodness for medical aid hospital cover. Without it I’m not sure what I would have done, though most likely it would involve me lying somewhere in a puddle, quivering in a dark little corner.

And to those of you who are not taking the necessary precautions while not on a decent medical aid – don’t be idiots!!

Jessica is worth so much that I even have Achilles and Olympus on guard duty at all times.

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South African software architect and developer at Touchwork. Husband to a cupcake baker and father to two little girls. I don't have time for myself any more.

  • Ryanlotter

    Actually if you don’t have medical aid, be glad you live in SA and not the USA, at least we do have the government hospitals and clinics

    • Agreed! There you are literally stuffed if you don’t have medical aid on your name :( At least we get some things right here in SA!

  • Gab

    Im surprised you dont mention the huge costs charged by medical specialists in SA – they are paid out billions of rand a year from medical aids and the cost is passed on to to all of us. If you dont like it then try going to a public hospital – you will go running back to their high fees with your tail betwen your legs.

    • Oh I agree with you on the high prices charged by medical specialists. The fact of the matter is that we are being ripped off left, right and center, but in order to get quality medical care one needs to bite the bullet and pay for it. Unless of course you can’t, and then public hospitals are for you.