You know what? I understand that smokers feel like they have the right to smoke wherever but fuck you for getting right up under me and lighting up. Especially if I don’t know you. Go the fuck over there.
As a long time smoker/current ex-smoker, I’m gonna have to tell you that feeling like I have the right to smoke wherever I want actually does end at someone else’s discomfort. If I was smoking and walking, I’d aim for less crowded spaces. If I was stationary, I’d go for a non populated area or one filled with other smokers (thats actually how I met most of my friends in college. It was weird how it sort of forced sociability. Hell, when I had to kill time outside a place, it got to where I’d smoke so I could talk to the other smokers, so I didn’t look weird waiting, lol. But seriously, 90% of smokers really do try to keep reasonable boundaries. (Like, if I am sitting in the park, out side, and smoking and no one is near by, its kinda annoying when a non smokrer gets upset. But if I’m sitting in the park outside next to the kiddie park or the dog park, I too get the barely suppressed urge to throat punch that motherfucker, because that is not a thing anyone should do.
basically, any smoker who gets up in your grills is either a stupid asshole, or just an asshole.
-a smoker who sincerely loves that people cannot smoke inside anymore.
I’ve received two bills for my surgery. The same procedure is listed on each. One is from the exact hospital, the other from the “family of hospitals” that owns that one.
The bills don’t match at all. They are different prices.
1) Take a deep breath.
2) Call the hospitals, both of them, go by your bills, and ask them how much they say you owe them. Do not pay anyone anything yet
3) Call your insurance company, and see what THEY; how much they paid each hospital, if at all (you’d be amazed how many bills don’t make it to the insurance company before they get to you…not). Generally, they know what you owe the hospital.
See how those things match, and then go from there - that was the advice i personally got from a rep at my insurance company, and its been helpful. I also did medical billing, so I should have know that all anyway, but you panic when YOU get the 50,000$ bill in your name! Calling both hospitals also helps - I found out that the ER i went to last year bills for the VISIT and TESTS in one system, and the GODDAMN DOCTOR FEE on another - one bill I paid, one i thought was a duplicate, and no one at the hospital in the six months I was calling them going WTF thought to check the secondary system. So THEY don’t always know what they are talking about either - my insurance company was able to help me figure out what happened