PS it cut his bill of 6750 off the total bill; I was left with 4K which the hospital forgave (I was technically unemployed b/c I was moving out for a long distance relationship and would interview when I got there) and the only bill that was left was the damn anesthesiologist and it took me 5 years to pay her off!
Thought I should lend some clarification re: Arizona's money situation. She touched on it but if you're not in or around the medical community it won't resonate. I'm not a Doctor (but I watch them on TV? :) I had family in medicine plus have been reading about it a fair amount and was a beneficiary of Arizona's type of charity from a surgeon once). When you get a hospital bill, there is a bill for doctor services, anesthesia, medicine, nurses, etc. The only time in my life I didn't have insurance, I had to have emergency surgery in TX while moving from NY to CA. I wasn't going to have it b/c I didn't have surgery and couldn't afford it. The surgeon told me "you will die within 48 hours if you do not have this surgery. I won't charge for my services, it will cut the bill a lot, and the hospital can help you with the rest. We have to go. NOW." Arizona mentioned something similar. Almost all of her procedures now are experimental/new - awesome for innovation, but means insurance won't pay for most. Means she is not billing her time for it (not sure if it's a salary + billable hours thing - I think so in her role). So she gets her salary for running her department, but it's kind of like a base salary in sales. Good but not much without commission. Her "commission" is billable surgeries. So, she said she waives a lot of them. That would add up. Then factor in student loan expense. There are no grants (typically) for med school, and you got a bargain for under 100K. Most newish doctors I know spend well over 1K/month (usually 2-5) on their student loans. That eats up cash fast. So, if she has rent in a higher area, has lost the benefit of joint income with Callie and has presumably half the expenses of their child, and is only living mostly off of her "base salary", it could be tight. Is she poor? no, of course not. But her working cash flow could very well be low. I get why they did it, but it's such a "not a 5 second explanation" thing that they REALLY should have done something different. And also: all of the above is probably crap b/c she got a settlement from the plain... but un-crapped because she used it to buy the hospital. Short answer: I don't know! lol
Only thing I can think of is that a lot of the focus is on the first 24 hours, but I agree, the romantic part which had not happened yet confused me for the flash-forward/preview. Perhaps they connect after the academy? I think I saw a very nice pool - perhaps it's at her home or a nice hotel somewhere?
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