Back in the fall of 2010, I went to my primary care doctor with a certain symptom, the specifics of which are not important for this story. Based on my symptom and my medical history, my doctor sent me to a specialist who recommended that I get a certain test done, the specifics of which are also not important for this story. This was to rule out a serious medical condition, which I didn’t think I had, but it was something that I could have had, if that makes sense. I had the test done for peace of mind.
After the test was done and I got the results, I learned that I was perfectly fine; there was no serious problem. But what was really interesting was the number. Ordinarily “peace of mind” is an amorphous, unquantifiable thing. Not in this case — I can tell you exactly how much “peace of mind” cost.
- Doctor visit, primary care doctor, $20.00 , what insurance did not cover.
- Doctor visit, specialist, $35.00, what insurance did not cover.
- Hospital charge, test, $221.88, what insurance did not cover.
- Specialist charge, test, $291.20, what insurance did not cover.
Peace of mind cost me exactly $568.08.
Here’s a photo of part of the hospital complex, where I had my test. This photo is from 2009, looking out from a wing in the hospital. I think these buildings are offices associated with the hospital, but I’m not sure. The area is pretty.
So if anyone asks you, you can tell them. Peace of mind costs $568.08.