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!!