I called the hospital to ask about a bill I received that I was totally confused about (our provincial insurance covers most everything; it’s very unusual to ever see a bill from a hospital).
Me: I’m confused about this bill – it’s for the day after I was discharged, and it says $20 for x-rays? I didn’t have x-rays.
Hospital billing guy: Hmm, let’s see. Oh, yes, it says NB after your name on the invoice, right? That means newborn.
Me: Wait a minute. You billed me $20 for x-rays you took during my son’s autopsy? Really?
Hospital billing guy: I’m just going to put this in the write-off column, okay? Please don’t pay that bill. Pause. Uh, sorry. I’m sorry. Don’t pay the bill.
Is it weird that I felt really bad for him?
Or that I can’t seem to throw the bill away, mesmerized by that NB?