Mom Shocked To Receive $18,000 Bill From Hospital After They Treated Her Baby With A Bottle Of Formula And A Nap

Date July 20, 2018

A family of South Korean tourists was shocked when they received a bill of $18,000 just for taking their son to the hospital for a quick visit.

In 2016, Jang Yeo Im and her family were visiting San Francisco when her then 8-month-old son, Park Jeong Whan fell off their hotel room bed and hit his head. 

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The boy was not bleeding but he was crying a lot so Jang and her husband decided to take him to the hospital to get checked out and make sure nothing was wrong.

They called for an ambulance which then transported the family to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. After some assessment, it was determined that Park Jeong was not seriously injured.

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They were in the hospital for only about three hours during which time Park only had some formula and took a nap.

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Two years later, Jang and her family were shocked to receive a bill of $18,836 for that hospital visit. The huge chunk of it was a $15,666 for what was referred to as 'trauma activation.'

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This meant the amount the trauma center charged for assembling a group of medical professionals to help deal with a patient’s potentially life-threatening injuries in the ER.

Speaking to Kaiser Health News, the mom said that was a lot of money. In her opinion, it would have been different if the boy actually got special treatment. But the hospital did nothing for her son, she said. And she saw no reason why she should be forced to pay the bill.

A spokesman for the hospital explained that even though the child did not end up needing the trauma unit, the cost of being ready for trauma is expensive.


However, since this story began making waves on the internet, it has recently been revealed that Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital has decided to waive the $15,666 trauma response fee.

The hospital said it did a clinical review and also apologized to the family "for any distress experienced over the bill." The management stated that it was glad that this experience gave them "an opportunity to review their system and consider changes."

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