Every so often all of us like to hear some good news. I am one of the few where good news doesn’t reach me. Somewhere along the highways and the rivers, the good news takes  a dive and goes in the opposite direction. At least that’s what it sound to me, or feels for me.

Last year when I went to London, I had an MI, and was in the hospital there and had an angiogram etc. Remember my fiasco there? Well, after I was admitted, and before the angiogram was done, a lady from the business office came up and very politely and in perfect and impeccable English accent told me that because I was a foreigner, I had to pay up front. Only after I paid would I have the physicians / surgeons take a look at me.

I gave them my card and they charged me for the stay and the procedure. It was much better than the amount I would have paid here in the US. I think I was charged close to $8K. Well, I was glad to be back home and had my stents done at Wash U in St. Louis in August. That was MUCH MORE than what I paid for in London.

Early in May, I received an email form the Royal Brompton Hospital in London. It read, ” Dear Dr. Ali, it appears that we charged you more than was necessary during your stay here in July. We would like to reimburse you for the amount that you were over charged! The amount is a little over one thousand British Pounds!! ”

Obviously I read and reread that email. My jaw dropped. NEVER in my life had such a thing happened to me. And after a few emails about how to send the money and which bank, etc. I was told that the money had been sent to my local bank here. Yesterday, I got notification from my bank that the money had come in!

What a windfall! I mean, just think the hospital could have just kept quiet and not mentioned it. I thought it was so righteous of them to return the money to me.

I had seen a beautiful pair of earrings at my jeweler’s recently. heh  heh heh! Yup, you guessed it.  The word splurge comes to mind!


About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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6 Responses to WINDFALL

  1. slmret says:

    Enjoy your splurge — and be sure to share photos of the earrings when you have them! That’s a pretty nice windfall! I had the opposite experience, but just for about $35 — apparently medicare doesn’t pay for a particular blood test unless you’ve been diagnosed as diabetic, which I’m not! For years, I’ve not been charged for this test — but now I am receiving bills for it! How silly!

  2. murisopsis says:

    Ooh! That is so nice! Both that the hospital was ethical enough to reimburse you and that you could splurge and get something you wanted!!

  3. Wow… that’s good that they were able to refund the overcharges. Did your medical insurance / travel insurance cover some of the other expenses. A $8K bill would have given me a heart attack!

  4. mrswrangler says:

    Here in America they would have kept it probably. At least the hospital in our town.

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