No explanation for high health costs; Better parking for disabled vets — Letters to the Editor, Nov. 16, 2019


"I would think a parade that honors those who served would recognize the disabled and provide appropriate parking"

No explanation for high health costs

After five years, I recently had my second cataract surgery so both eyes are working like a young man’s. I am on Medicare and fortunate that I have supplemental insurance coverage.

I just received my bill for the procedure and was blown away by the costs of things outlined below:

• Pre-op, I was given two eyedrops and then a sedative. During surgery one must be awake to answer muted questions and to look at a flashing light display. Cost of what is called Pharmacy-General Classification was: $1,131.

• For the 10-minute procedure, we have Operating Room Services–General. I assume this included the hour spent in recovery.

Cost: $2,539.

• Medical/Surgical Supplies and Devices: $283.

• Pharmacy–Extension Of025x. I assume this was for eyedrops that are required after surgery.

Cost: $96.

There is no real explanation of what these costs really entail. I am fortunate that I only had to pay $327.

I wonder what individuals without supplemental insurance would have to pay?

And why so much?

—Win Jolley

Florence

Better parking for disabled veterans

Being new residents to Florence, my husband and I wanted to check out the Veteran’s Day parade. Unfortunately, we could not do this.

My husband is a veteran and in a wheel chair. We were quite surprised to learn that there was practically no parking available in the Old Town area for the disabled. We were at the parade 30 minutes early, and the only parking available was in a dirt lot or up a hill.

I would think a parade that honors those who served would recognize the disabled and provide appropriate parking.

—Cindy Kiely

Florence

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