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How Much Does an Emergency Room Visit Cost?

average costWith Health Insurance: $50-$150 Copayhigh costWithout Health Insurance: $150-$3,000+
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  Typical costs:
  • An emergency room visit typically is covered by health insurance. For patients covered by health insurance, out-of-pocket cost for an emergency room visit typically consists of a copay, usually $50-$150 or more, which often is waived if the patient is admitted to the hospital. Depending on the plan, costs might include coinsurance of 10% to 50%.
  • For patients without health insurance, an emergency room visit typically costs from $150-$3,000 or more, depending on the severity of the condition and what diagnostic tests and treatment are performed. In some cases, especially where critical care is required and/or a procedure or surgery is performed, the cost could reach $20,000 or more. For example, at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in Minnesota, a low-level emergency room visit, such as for a minor laceration, a skin rash or a minor viral infection, costs about $150; a moderate-level visit, such as for a urinary tract infection with fever or a head injury without neurological symptoms, about $400; and a high-level visit, such as for chest pains that require multiple diagnostic tests or treatments, or severe burns or ingestion of a toxic substance, about $1,000, not including the doctor fees. At Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center[1] , a low-level emergency room visit costs about $220, including hospital charge and doctor fee, with the uninsured discount, while a moderate-level visit costs about $610 and a high-level visit about $1,400.
  • Services, diagnostic tests and laboratory fees add to the final bill. For example, Wooster Community Hospital, in Ohio, charges about $170 for a simple suture, $200 for a complex suture, about $170 for a minor procedure and about $400 for a major procedure, not including doctor fees, medicine or supplies.
  • A doctor fee could add hundreds or thousands of dollars to the final cost. For example, at Grand Lake Health System[2] in Ohio, an emergency room doctor charges about $100 for basic care, such as a wound recheck or simple laceration repair; about $300 for mid-level care, such as treatment of a simple fracture; about $870 for advanced-level care, such as frequent monitoring of vital signs and ordering multiple diagnostic tests, administering sedation or a blood transfusion for a seriously injured or ill patient; and about $1,450 for critical care, such as major trauma care or major burn care that could include chest tube insertion and management of IV medications and ventilator for a patient with a complex, life-threatening condition. At the Kettering Health Network, in Ohio, a low-level visit costs about $350, a high-level visit costs about $2,000 and critical care costs almost $1,700 for the first hour and $460 for each additional half hour; ER procedures or surgeries cost $460-$2,300.
  • According to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality[3] the average emergency room expense in 2008 was $1,265.
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What should be included:
  • According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2008, about 18%of emergency room patients waited less than 15 minutes to see a doctor, about 37%waited 15 minutes to an hour, about 15% waited one to two hours, about 5% waited two to three hours, about 2% waited three to four hours, and about 1.5% waited four to six hours.
  • In some cases, the doctor might recommend the patient be admitted to the hospital. The American College of Emergency Physicians Foundation offers a guide[4] on what to expect.
Additional costs:
  • An ambulance ride typically costs $400-$1,200 or more, depending on the location and services performed.
  • An urgent care center offers substantial savings for more minor ailments. offers a guide[5] on when to seek urgent care. An urgent care visit typically costs between 20% and 50% of the cost of an emergency room visit. offers a cost-comparison tool for common ailments.
  • Hospitals often offer discounts of up to 50% or more for self-pay/uninsured emergency room patients. For example, Ventura County Medical Center[6] in California offers ER visits, including the doctor fee and emergency room fee but not including lab tests, X-rays or procedures, for $150 for patients up to 200% of the federal poverty level, for $225 for patients between 200% and 500% of the federal poverty level and $350 for patients from 500% to 700% of the federal poverty level.
Shopping for an emergency room visit:
  • The American College of Emergency Physicians Foundation offers a primer[7] on when to go to the emergency room.
  • In most cases, it is recommended to go to the nearest emergency room. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers a hospital-comparison tool[8] that lists hospitals near a chosen zip code.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
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Tests or Treatment Required: urinalysis /urie cultre
ER Doctor and hospital charges were reasonable.

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Worst UTI of my life
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ER Visit
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Posted by: Julian Doe in TEXAS, TX.Posted: July 28th, 2015 10:07PM
Tests or Treatment Required: EKG, CT Scan, chest xray, bld and urin t
ER visit for hypokalemia, 2 IV with potassium and spend 8 hours in the ER.
Total $8,144.00, insurance pay 3k and my deductible 5k...
Still waiting for the doctor bill, 8k just the hospital fee!!
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pain in the leg (@$$??) cost $1800
Amount: $1,800.00
Posted by: kmac in Oklahoma City, OK.Posted: July 9th, 2015 02:07PM
Medical Center: Mercy Hosp Okla CityCondition: knee/leg pain
Tests or Treatment Required: Ultrasound
went to Mercy's 'convenient care' clinic with extreme pain & limited mobility in my leg. Doc was concerned I had a blood clot and referred me to their ER for an ultrasound. 2 hours later, ultrasound results inconclusive ... but, they told me that didn't mean I don't have a blood clot??? I have United Healthcare via employer. I paid $858 at the ER. Mercy has now billed UHC $1780+ ($1000 for ER, $774 for ultrasound). After deductible, my out of pocket = $1315. UHC told me Mercy is in network, but they don't have discounted rates with them. I have since had MRI via my primary care physician and another hospital. Total cost only $1350!!! And now I at least know it's a blown knee. How crazy is it that an ultrasound + ER costs $500 more than an MRI including radiologist opinion???? I'm filing dispute with UHC to mitigate with Mercy and will file complaint with my HR (sadly not hopeful, just SO frustrated!!)
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ER Visit
Amount: $8,000.00
Posted by: Dar in San Antonio, TX.Posted: June 30th, 2015 12:06PM
Medical Center: Condition: Possible DVT
Tests or Treatment Required: Ultra Sound, Blood Tests
I had just taken a trip overseas and upon returning had the worst leg cramps constantly that night in both legs all night long. Had to fly again all the way home the next day and the cramps continued the next night, and the next. Though no swelling, I better check it out in case of DVT and since I didn't have a regular doctor went to one of those small ER places right by my house. Doctor asked questions and checked out my legs and listened to my breathing. Thought I should have the tests done just in case since he had a guy the week before who actually did have DVT. So, the ultrasound girl was called in and she's actually the one that did something to determine if I had DVT or not - spent a good 30 mins checking both legs thoroughly. Got blood drawn for a CDC blood test and the D-timer. Doctor comes back after everything and says I don't have DVT and I should take Tylenol for pain.Charged for 8 separate labwork at $250 ea, plus $2K for emerg. room, $2K dr, $800 ultrasound, etc
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Coat of ER X-ray
Amount: $704.00
Posted by: 2thfreek in Ventura, CA.Posted: May 22nd, 2015 09:05AM
Tests or Treatment Required: Xray
Radiology diag. General ankle LT min 3 view charged 704$. I'm looking into disputing this cost for an ER X-ray.
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4 y/o boy with appendicitis symptoms
Amount: $5,514.96
Posted by: in Dover, DE.Posted: May 14th, 2015 08:05PM
Medical Center: Bayhealth Dover DECondition: Acute mesenteric adenitis
Tests or Treatment Required: ER visit, CT scan, blood work
I have had enough of the gouging. Unfortunately I own a small business, so I can't afford to buy insurance for family of 4. The lowest plan was $7,800 a year premiums PLUS a $12,000 family deductible... for a total cost of $19,800! Other plans were similar in price, premiums higher and deductibles lower... all at a cost of $17,500 or more.
So my son was checked for Strep... didn't have it. They checked blood for WBC's possibly raised through the roof to indicate infection and likely appendicitis... came back negative. Then they told us... we have to do the CT scan because it's still possible he could have appendicitis (which is true). Diagnosis: Mesenteric adenitis
ER visit... $1,934
CT scan... $3,734
Various tests (chem,lab,hema,micro)... $516
Meds... $74
Total: $6,267 minus a 'generous' 12% cash discount.
Sorry, but 88% of ridiculous is still ridiculous.
Have a feeling we haven't even been sent everything. Last ER visit a 2nd 'doctor bill' arrived later for $800.
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Late Night ER visit
Amount: $1,300.00
Posted by: a user in New York, NY.Posted: May 8th, 2015 01:05PM
Medical Center: New York Hospital QueensCondition: shampoo in the eye
Tests or Treatment Required: flush eyes with morgan lens
Told the staff at ER that wife got shampoo in her right eye very bad. We tried to flush with water for hours at home and did not help. She just need treatment to flush her right eye. After the staff told down our insurance info and waited for an hour to see the nurse. Told the nurse the same story and all she did was took her temperature and blood pressure. We waited over 2 hrs to see a Dr. and another hour for the nurse to place morgan len into her eye. In Summary it took us over 6 hrs from entering the ER to going home. We got the bill after two and half month. The ER room charge is $1100, treatment is $160 and some insurance adjustment is $80. So total about $1300+. Forgot to mention we were sanding most of the time at ER waiting area since there were some homeless people sleeping on the bench. Also our insurance co will not pay for it since we haven't met the deductible. Our healthcare system is so messed up...
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ER Visit
Amount: $1,190.00
Posted by: Terry P in Lilburn, GA.Posted: April 27th, 2015 04:04AM
Medical Center: Eastside MedicalCondition:
Tests or Treatment Required: Scratched cornea
My wife got something in her eye that scratched her cornea. It was on a Sunday so her eye doctor was closed and none of the common "Doc a box" centers would treat her eye, referring her to the ER. A scratched cornea is very painful so waiting till the next morning was out of the question. They numbed her eye to relieve the pain and gave her antibiotic drops.
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Nothing much done, just waiting to be transfered to St. Paul, MN
Amount: $4,553.76
Posted by: Bob Jensen in Granstburg, WI.Posted: April 22nd, 2015 11:04AM
Medical Center: Burnett GeneralCondition: Cut ankles
Tests or Treatment Required: Two x-rays, bandaged
I got cut by saw blade that dislodged off saw mill. My right ankle was the worse. No major vessels were cut. They gave me pain meds. Cut my pants, socks and boots off. Took several x-rays and bandaged. Then sat there several hours waiting for transport to Regions Hospital 70 miles away. Seems like being charged WAY TOO MUCH?
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ER Visit
Amount: $2.00
Posted by: Pissed off Lynn in Tucson, AZ.Posted: April 17th, 2015 02:04AM
Tests or Treatment Required: the usual
Went to ER with chest pain and trouble breathing. They did basic blood work, EKG, CT scan of chest, monitored vitals, IV and IV pain meds. Was there two hours and diagnosed with a middle lobe collapse in right lung. They were adament about admitting me for "observation and pain management". Talked to a patient advocate about cost. Was told if admitted it would cost me between $30,000.00 and $200,000.00 depending on if i would need bronchoscopy and/or chest tube!!!! NO JOKE PEOPLE!! I opted to not be admitted and take pain meds with bed rest at home....i paid a total of $37,049.00!!!! WTF! Apparently the lung collapse issue I had would resolve itself with rest! Screw them for trying to scare me into being admitted!!!
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Stanford Hospital ER visit in a tent
Amount: $2,500.00
Posted by: This is crazy in Palo Alto, CA.Posted: April 14th, 2015 04:04PM
Medical Center: StanfordCondition: Stomach flu or?
Tests or Treatment Required: blood test and fluids via IV
They were never able to figure out what was wrong with me. I sat there for about 4 hours in a chair outside the hospital in a tent! I wasn't dehydrated since I didn't throw up, just really tired and nauseous. Doctor came twice, and the second time didn't even remember why I was there (could have just been an intern who knows). Nurses were just checking liquids in the IV they gave me. They took a blood for a test, but didn't even tell me what they are checking for, or final result. Wanted to go home but didn't let me. Week later I got a bill for $2,500 (and that was with insurance!). Never understood why I had to stay there for, so long if there was "nothing wrong" with me. Oh wait I know - to collect as much money as possible!!!
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ER Visit
Amount: $24,000.00
Posted by: in Vacaville, CA.Posted: March 2nd, 2015 09:03AM
Tests or Treatment Required: Blood test,ultra sound, urine test
Vacaville california 2015 took son to ER for abdominal pain spent 4 hours in the ER saw doctor for only 5 min he tell my son he has a kidney stone gave him a prescription then sent him home . 2 weeks later we get a bill for the ER visit its $24,000 this doesn't include the bill for the doctors or the meds what a f**in rip off!!!!!!!!!!!
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Emergency Department costs
Amount: $2,000.00
Posted by: JPM in Chicago, IL.Posted: February 28th, 2015 05:02PM
Medical Center: St catherinesCondition: Excellent
Tests or Treatment Required: CXR and CT
Not sure why everyone is complaining about the costs for emergency care. They are open 24/7 and while a physician may charge $1000 for care, they assess you for life threatening conditions and emergent situations that cannot wait. For this, there is a matter of training, time, and convenience. If there is nothing wrong with you, rather than complain about the doctor, perhaps you should complain that you made a bad decision to tie up the emergency department with a none emergency condition. Or better yet, that your doctor that they checked you for a life threatening condition and sleep well tonight. If they make a mistake, I assure you that people will sue them for far more than anything they collect. I paid $350 for a plumber to unclog my sink on Christmas eve. I was very happy with my care as the doctor heard a murmur and ordered a CT. Diagnosed an aneurysm and I had open heart surgery at 46. Now alive and well. Total cost was $96,000 and you won't hear me complain once
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A flu strain
Amount: $4,000.00
Posted by: Georgina Molina in Downey, CA.Posted: February 27th, 2015 12:02PM
Medical Center: PIH DowneyCondition: Flu Strain
Tests or Treatment Required: EKG
Ekg - $588.00
And Waited for 4 Hrs. to tell me my pain in chest was nothing and that I have the flu..
that was $3,412.00 really that's a rip off! first of all they sent me a bill fore the $4,000.00 in which I though is was stupid. so I called them and told them u can't send a bill to customer that is not itemized.. this is outrageous!!!
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Apparent Flaw in the System
Amount: $700.00
Posted by: entimaniac in Tallahassee, FL.Posted: February 9th, 2015 12:02PM
Medical Center: Tallahassee Memorial HospitalCondition: Bade Sore Throat
Tests or Treatment Required: Rapid Strep Test
My roomate had had strep the week prior to me developing an increasingly bad sore throat. I had good reason to suspect I also had strep. I learned that he had strep throat on a Friday, when I was feeling only a little sore in the throat. I wanted to be sick for a little time as possible, so in the morning, on Saturday, I called several places. Everywhere was closed. I am a Student in an unfamiliar town and the only place that had open hours on a collage game day was the emergency room. I came in, no one else was there. I filled out some paperwork, one nurse swabbed my throat, another took my measurements. I waited a few minutes in the waiting room chair. Maybe 1-2 people came in. I was taken to the back and sat on a bed for close to 2 hours. They tried to swab my throat again and had to stop them from doing the same test twice. They took down my insurance information wrong. The doctor came said it wasn't strep. Few weeks later, I get a bill for 700, a bill for 300, and a bill for 7.
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ER visit
Amount: $1,700.00
Posted by: Anna Flipping in Williston, ND.Posted: January 11th, 2015 05:01PM
Tests or Treatment Required: Blood test, urine test and ultrasound
16 weeks pregnancy, spotting for few days, got so scared, and went to the er at 5am. Been asking questions by the assistant, and waiting for results in the er room 2 hrs. Only saw the doctor for 10mins. Got blood test, urine test and ultrasound. Charged me ~$1700:~$1320 er vist, ~$375 doctor fee, ~$97 radiology. Too bad!!
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sick child seen at Alegent Health
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: DBurrow in Omaha, NE.Posted: January 8th, 2015 07:01PM
Tests or Treatment Required: none done
My daughter was taken in for strep throat symptoms. She was not tested because she was around family with strep. No testing done at all - just a prescription for meds.
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2 1/2 hour ER visit
Amount: $15,368.00
Posted by: Gae Phinney in Las Vegas, NV.Posted: December 13th, 2014 04:12PM
Medical Center: Sunrise ERCondition: Transient Ischemic Attack
Tests or Treatment Required: blood,urine,ekg,chest xray,Cat scan
Daughter drove me to Sunrise Hospital ER after I had TIA. Total time spent there was 2 1/2 hrs. They monitored blood pressure,did blood & urine tests, Chest x ray, Cat scan & EKG. Dr. said do this do that,push this, pull that & squeeze to check for damage & gave me an aspirin. I got bills for lab, radiologist & doctor totaling $1,524.00. Got a letter from the hospital saying ER visit cost $13,844.00. I had to call & request an itemized bill!$9.00 for 1 aspirin, $4,016.00 Cat Scan, $5,504.00 Lab,$725.00 Radio/Diag,$945.00 EKG,$564.00 Blood Bank & $2081.00 ER Services. Tried last year & this year to get insurance. I'm too young for Medicare,(63)make too much for Medicaid & can't afford AFFORDABLE care. For myself, after subsidies, it would be over $300.00 per month plus $5,000.00 deductible. I pay a separate bill for hubby's VA. Total for us would be $800.00 per month. That is 25% of my already budgeted fixed income.If Obama can afford healthcare,maybe he has extra $ to pay my bill!
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Highway Robberty
Amount: $1,800.00
Posted by: KG in Oviedo, FL.Posted: December 11th, 2014 07:12AM
Medical Center: Oviedo ERCondition: Ingrown toenail
Tests or Treatment Required: none - a prescription
I noticed my 12 year old has a red/swollen toe on a Thursday night. Not wanting to take him out of school the next day, I sent my husband to the ER thinking we could just get an antibiotic. They gave us a prescription which my local supermarket, Publix, filled for free. He only saw a nurse, no doctor. All she did was look at his toe. We have insurance too.
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Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: Its just not right! in Lompoc, CA.Posted: December 1st, 2014 08:12PM
Medical Center: sprang armCondition:
Took my daughter to the ER and the nurse came in to ask some questions. Then minutes later the doctor came in and check on her arm and told us that she only sprang her arm. There is nothing he can do but suggest she do nothing for the next few days. We spent 20 minutes in the ER and had to pay the hospital room $500 and the MD $500 for telling her she needs to do nothing. I could of just have her stay home. How ridiculously expensive!
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"Anxiety" attack cost $20,000
Amount: $20,000.00
Posted by: brian707 in Vacaville, CA.Posted: November 21st, 2014 06:11AM
Tests or Treatment Required: Blood test, one xray, one ECG
Had chest pains, went to the ER for about two hours. Saw the main doc for a total of about 5 minutes during that time. Had an xray, ECG, and a few tubes of blood drawn. Hospital didnt realize my insurance had just lapsed and instead of signing me up through the state, they let me walk without telling me. Ended up with a 20k bill in collections still and Im only 25.
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ER visit
Amount: $1,220.00
Posted by: Craig Forrest in Sylva, NC.Posted: November 20th, 2014 08:11AM
Medical Center: Harris Regional HospitalCondition: Fishing lure caught in thumb
Tests or Treatment Required: Lure removal
I got one hook of a Rapala lure's treble hook embedded into my left thumb while trying to release a fish. (I know, I'm supposed to catch the fish - not them catch me ...) It was at 8:00 PM on an August Saturday evening and our Urgent Care Center was closed so ... off to the emergency room. I waited 3 hours (there was a rodeo in town - place was full of drunk cowboys) and was given a Tetanus shot by a nurse. Doc came in and gave me a shot of Lidocaine where the hook had entered. Left, came back in 10 minutes, had me hold my wrist down on a counter, tied a monofilament line around the bend of the hook and jerked it out. Worked great! I felt no pain (except for the shot) and was bandaged and back out to my Jeep quickly. I paid $150 on the spot for my co-pay and the physician's billing company billed me for $1,070.00 which was applied to my deductible. I expect to pay the doctor a reasonable fee but this seems a little high for 10 minutes work? Don't ya think?
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ER , FEELING DIZZY after car accident by 5 days
Amount: $28,810.53
Posted by: shy in venice, FL.Posted: October 31st, 2014 01:10PM
Medical Center: venice regional medical CTRCondition: dizziness
Tests or Treatment Required: CAT scan
after my car accident by 5 days felt very dizzy, couldn't stand up, tried to call all the doctors just to order CAT scan to make sure everything ok, all doctors in the area even walk in clinic and urgent care refused to take me and insisted that I have to go to ER. in ER they did two CAT scan and one pain pill for 4 hours and charging the auto insurance that much $28810.53. Got a phone call from my auto insurance that my coverage is only $10.000 and I have to pay the rest, call the billing center they charged me for 4 CAT scan and I only did 2 and each one cost about $5000 and ER visit cost $2500 and one pain pill is $13 and extra. I couldn't believe it. CAT scan out with no health insurance is between $200 to $300.I wish our country gets better with health coverage. that is too much. there is no rules. everyone charge whatever they want.
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Facial cut - 6 stitches
Amount: $8,800.00
Posted by: brad999 in Omaha, NE.Posted: October 17th, 2014 08:10PM
Medical Center: Alegent Health/Bergan MercyCondition: Facial cut
Tests or Treatment Required: Cleaned and stitched wound
After waiting about 2 hours, a doctor cleaned the cut and placed 6 stitches in my face. CAT scan was done (this was related to a fall in my kitchen) and revealed nothing else wrong. $ 7,700 to the hospital, $ 700 for radiology and $ 400 for the doctor. I have insurance- my share is $ 1,800. I work 65 hours a week for $ 11.50/hour.
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flu diagnosis
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: dave pieper in Monrovia, CA.Posted: October 14th, 2014 04:10PM
Medical Center: Methodist MemorialCondition: shaking leg
Tests or Treatment Required: none
My wife &dau were concerned when one leg started convulsing. They called 911; Shaeffer Ambulance, contracted with Monrovia, CA, rolled me to to the same "Alan Hale ER" where my cousin's mom passed away. After two hours an MD visited, said I had a flu, took a sample of post nasal drip and sent me home. Bills so far, $2700 ER, $200 ambulance, $470 MD. Whatsis keystone cops routine sposda be health care?
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Amount: $48,665.75
Posted by: Cherice in Kansas City, MO.Posted: September 8th, 2014 04:09PM
Tests or Treatment Required: cat, mri
Husband was hit by a Taxi Can while on his motorcycle. We don't have insurance. After an ambulance ride, CAT and MRI scans, and an IV of pain meds, they sent him on his way, nothing was broken, nothing fractures. We just got a $48, 665.75 bill. Fifty grand!!!!
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Amount: $3,000.00
Posted by: nelson castonguay in KELLOGG, ID.Posted: September 5th, 2014 10:09AM
Tests or Treatment Required: X-RAY- CAT SCAN- URINE TEST
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