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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.
Discounts:
  • An urgent care center offers substantial savings for more minor ailments. DukeHealth.org 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. MainStreetMedica.com 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.
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Concussion
Amount: $7,459.00
Posted by: KS in Temecula, CA.Posted: July 4th, 2017 10:07AM
Tests or Treatment Required: MRI, Cleaned facial abrasions
Hit my head hard and had speech deficit and blurry/double vision. Urgent care advised I go to Emergency because they had MRI. I was able to understand what I was told, but really having difficulty finding words and talking. I was at ER for less than 2 hours, saw ONLY a Physician Assistant, was hooked up to BP and monitor (apparently for show, since nobody commented on the elevated blood pressure.) They sent me to imaging for an MRI scan to make sure I didn't have a brain bleed, and rolled me back to my 'room'. Waited 40 minutes to have the PA pop his head in to tell me the MRI was clear, then the nurse came in with gauze and saline to clean my abrasions and they gave me a written prescription for eye medication.
No bloodwork, no labs of any kind, no IV, no medications, just an MRI and simple wound cleaning. (Which I could have done at home) ..and I wasn't even seen by a doctor..
No justification for charging over $7k to insurance. Plus co-pay.
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ER visit coded Level IV
Amount: $5,940.00
Posted by: Lisa Mays in Castle Rock, CO.Posted: July 4th, 2017 08:07AM
Medical Center: Castle Rock Adventist HospitalCondition: Stomach Flu
Tests or Treatment Required: IV pain medicine and blood drawn
ER visit that my insurance told me it was in network but they would not pay claim. Hospital not in my network. For an IV alone no medicine I was charged 3400.00. Each medication given or hydration was an additional 300.00 - 400.00. Charged 4 times. I was in the ER just over an hour.
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Passed a few but last one was stroking me out
Amount: $5,100.00
Posted by: JanieZ in Clinton Twp., MI.Posted: June 20th, 2017 01:06PM
Medical Center: Henry Ford Clinton Twp. MICondition: Kidney stones
Tests or Treatment Required: CT scan & IV
Yelled at me for having over 213/115 blood pressure upon arriving in horrible pain, was passing out. Put me in a room by myself knowing this & kept closing the door as I asked them not to. Well confirmed kidney stones (one wouldn't pass) & IV helped alot. Sent me on my way. Very nasty staff.
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ER
Amount: $14,000.00
Posted by: CWW in Parker, CO.Posted: June 14th, 2017 10:06PM
Medical Center: Sky RidgeCondition: Broken Leg
Tests or Treatment Required: x-ray, CTC
Disgusted. What purpose does an ER have when all they do is diagnosis not treat. No cast, no doctor. I thought, foolishly that they might even actually review what I should do & even show me the X-ray so I knew where the break was, no script. No doctor seen until 5 days later so why go in. Business is continually gifted...it should be earned and not any of us who go in are maligning 14,000. for 2 hours time...I understand there is equipment, but even a house payment is less than their charges and you wonder why we have a health care crisis
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How in the heck!?
Amount: $29,000.00
Posted by: Jade Lee in Overland Park, KS.Posted: May 30th, 2017 04:05PM
Tests or Treatment Required: Just some bandaging
My brother t-boned a deer on his motorcycle while on his way home via the highway. He was thrown off the bike and rolled down the highway and into the grass median until someone came to help. He was responsive and able to walk, with a lot of pain. The ambulance took him to the ER where they made sure he didn't have a concussion and bandaged up his knees and his left hand, the heel of his riding glove gave out in the fall. After 3 hours they sent him home.
He just got the bill in the mail for $29,000! How in the ever-loving heck?! After reading through everyone else's comments this is absolutely ridiculous! I could understand about $3-5000 total but nearly $10,000 an hour is insane!
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Un bearable pain in right arm & shoulder
Amount: $9,000.00
Posted by: Nano in Bakersfield, CA.Posted: May 9th, 2017 11:05AM
Medical Center: Bakersfield MemorialCondition: On set of Shingles
Tests or Treatment Required: ECG Chest& Cervical xray, blood taken
Had never been to ER in my 73 yrs. In excellent health.2 AM woke with horrible pains in arm & shoulder. Drove to closest hospital. Took EKG determined not my heart. Waited for 2 hours. Took blood and several x rays. Finally taken out of waiting room , placed in chair, met with several nurses. Dr spoke to me-less than 5 minutes said I may have shingles, looked at my upper back by shoulder blades and said I had 2 spots. Left & nurse came back with a 2 pills- pain killer & anti inflammatory. Dr came back & advised results of tests confirmed Shingles and gave me several Rx.
I was there a total of 4 hrs. Mostly in waiting room. MD bill over $650 for at the most 1/2 hr speaking to me & review test !!!! What a rip off with $7500 bill from Hospital !!! Is it any wonder Medicare is going broke???
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UTI
Amount: $1,870.00
Posted by: TALI in poplar bluff, MO.Posted: April 20th, 2017 01:04PM
Medical Center: poplar bluff ERCondition: pain and fever
Tests or Treatment Required: urinalysis
went with a UTI and peed in a cup. ended up getting a prescription for Bactrim. was told the projected costs would be $250. we do not have insurance so that is with 65% off.
We ended up getting 3 bills later. $110 for lab tests (thats with 50% off), $1,213 for physician (got 25% off without insurance so paid $910), and $3,080 for the ER (paid around $850 with 65% off and addition 20% off for paying right away). apparently to get a pregnancy test done costs around $800+ in the ER. so total costs without discounts are $4,513. i was pretty blown away. you could go to an emergency care clinic and get the same thing done for $85. it was a learning experience...
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xrays for the boy
Amount: $3,158.00
Posted by: Bamboozled in Wildomar, CA.Posted: April 9th, 2017 10:04PM
Medical Center: Inland EmpireCondition: bruised knee
Tests or Treatment Required: xray and exam
And people get mad when someone steal your purse or robs your house. These people are doing the same damn thing. It's robbery.
No insurance. Don't qualify for medicare. The only reason I took him to er instead of urgent care was because we thought it was broken and he was unable to walk and i couldn't carry him. I was expecting 900.00ish.
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Many of the above cases - Responding
Amount: $200,000.00
Posted by: Marjory in Montague, MI.Posted: February 7th, 2017 02:02AM
Medical Center: ManyCondition: Toxic Mold Exposure
Tests or Treatment Required: Many
Having experienced many ER visits with my family during a Toxic-Mold Exposure,we firmly believe ER's might explore better systems to vent many of these cases that reach there door. Also Doctors need to be educated on Mold illness/ - stats say 65% of ER visits are not necessary, causing atop burden to the system and gouging the ones that do. Evaluations should happen in triage and diverting Patients to a different level Doctor. a posting of a Key on the web site helps Patients Determination a ER visits. how do we assist the Homeless and Mentally ill. or those at the Lowest income /whom use the ER's Chronically, due to instability in there environment, is a vital piece - A lead Care Contact to those individuals is needed. Two Representatives from the Hospital "GO to homes days after discharge, will save you big $ addressing individuals core issues are environmental and lack of consistency in there meds. you know what they say about a ounce of Prevention and Proactive practices. -
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Main post costs are incredibly low & out of date
Amount: $1,200.00
Posted by: PB in Naperville, IL.Posted: January 30th, 2017 10:01PM
Medical Center: Edward HCondition: bradycardia, mild
Tests or Treatment Required: EKG
Cost $1100 with insurance. Heart rate a little low due to medication known to cause low rate. A PCP bullied me into going to no purpose. WITH INSURANCE, IN NETWORK.
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ER visit
Amount: $16.00
Posted by: hungrymango in Greeley, CO.Posted: January 15th, 2017 08:01AM
Medical Center: NCMCCondition: possible heart attack
Tests or Treatment Required: EKG, labs, stress test
Quite a bill in comparison to others. I had no Insurance at the time, but I did have a job. Unable to qualify for any help.
This hospital was kind enough to reduce the bill some and set up a payment plan for me.
I was grateful to them, and no heart attack thank goodness.
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some sort of allergic reaction
Amount: $6,500.00
Posted by: WTF in alamogordo, NM.Posted: January 4th, 2017 12:01PM
Medical Center: Gerald Champion Hosp.Condition: swolen tongue
Tests or Treatment Required: epi pen and benedryl
I got off work, on the drive home felt itchy and swollen (face/tongue).. decided to go to the ER, well, I am sorry I did. after a shot and a benedryl , and a 3 hour wait in a cold room, I drove home. a month later I get a bill for $2092. pay it, 5 months later get another bill for $3800.. plus meds I bought "just in case" I have insurance, but I am responsible for $2900 of it...seems outrageous.
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ER
Amount: $1,100.00
Posted by: marcos in Santa Barbara, CA.Posted: December 21st, 2016 02:12PM
Medical Center: Cottage Hospital - Santa BarbaraCondition: swollen leg
Tests or Treatment Required: ultrasound
Admitted on the ER, stayed on the corridor for 5:30hr to do an ultrasound that took 15min, and left the ER without a diagnostic. Billed $1100.
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ER visit after bus accident on interstate, July 2011
Amount: $10,800.00
Posted by: Willy Ragbrai in South Bend, IN.Posted: December 11th, 2016 10:12PM
Medical Center: Memorial Hospital, South Bend, INCondition: auto (bus) accident
Tests or Treatment Required: x-rays, ct-scans, blood tests
An ambulance brought me to the hospital after the bus driver lost control of the bus (70 mph or so). I spent about four hours at the hospital. Most of the time I was in an unused room lying in a backboard for my neck. The bill was $10,800. The hospital waited nearly two years to file the charges so my insurance company denied them. The collection agency sent one note to me without checking if the hospital had submitted the charges. When I won a very small sum from the driver's insurance company, the collection agency sent another request for $10,800 to my lawyer. The collection agency did not appear to have checked the status of the claim. My attorney does not seem to know how long a healthcare institution can submit claims for reimbursement. He thought I could get a reduction (really).
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Cat Bite
Amount: $11,000.00
Posted by: joanne farris in Reno, NV.Posted: November 13th, 2016 07:11AM
Medical Center: Northern Nevada Medical CenterCondition: fair
Tests or Treatment Required: none
All they did was give him a shot and prescribe antibiotics. The date is Nov. 2016
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Chest Pain
Amount: $1,310.43
Posted by: a user in Dallas, TX.Posted: October 17th, 2016 10:10AM
Medical Center: Advance ER- Park CitiesCondition: Stable
Tests or Treatment Required: EKG, Chest X ray, Labs
$1310.43 billed to insurance, which paid $615.58. The rest was sent in a bill to me.
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go to your family doctor then
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: a user in any city in US, MN.Posted: October 7th, 2016 10:10AM
Medical Center: any ER in USCondition:
Tests or Treatment Required: labs, ekg, cxr,
First off, i agree cost is outrageous...2nd, this has nothing to do with the practitioner...the hospitals have to boost the cost of everything because of our greedy insurance companies and government...please search for an article in the minneapolis star tribune from july i believe...top paid CEOs in the state...Independent Health top paid executive was paid in excess of 25K/year...yes per year...value was higher i believe...perhaps this executive could pass along some of this yearly salary to the people he/she is gauging to pay for horrible insurance...blame your government for allowing the treatment patients to turn into big business...im very embarrassed of this country presently...NO ONE needs or requires or deserves a salary that absurd...
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ER visit for Kidney Stone
Amount: $1,323.00
Posted by: Phil O. in Cottonwood, AZ.Posted: October 3rd, 2016 09:10PM
Medical Center: Norther AZ HeathcareCondition: Kidey Stone
Tests or Treatment Required: Blood Test, Ct scan
Spen 5 hrs in ER. 10 min was with DR. The rest of the time was waiting on test results.
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Physicians immediate care Urgent care clinic
Amount: $360.00
Posted by: Heatherish3 in Kankakee, IL.Posted: August 22nd, 2016 07:08PM
Tests or Treatment Required: None
My son had a swollen eyelid,I took him to an urgent care clinic rather than taking him to the ER. The PA looked at him and said it's a big bite, should go down in a few days. Then charged me 360$ for literally a 10 minute visit. That didn't even require gloves,because she never touched my son.
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Inner Ear infection
Amount: $825.00
Posted by: Jim kramp in Tucson, AZ.Posted: August 9th, 2016 06:08AM
Tests or Treatment Required: Looked in my ear
Spent exactly 17.5 minutes at ER Doctor spent 3-4 minutes, looked in ear, said a membrane burst, prescribed amoxycillan, sent home. Er charged $512, doctor charged $265, plus a $50 after hours charge, it was 10PM on a Saturday night
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ER Visit
Amount: $10,200.00
Posted by: Frustrated With Asking For Help in St. Petersburg, FL.Posted: August 7th, 2016 08:08PM
Medical Center: St. Petersburg HospitalCondition: Alcohol Withdrawal
Tests or Treatment Required: IV Fluids, Ativan, Two Blood Tests
I was having trouble quitting drinking and was looking for help. I went to the ER with some family members. Spent less than an hour there after being called before being discharged. Received one IV bag of fluids, one dose of Ativan, and two blood tests. Spent less than one minute speaking with the doctor. He said I should go to rehab, but I couldn't do that tonight and he wouldn't give me anything to help with seizures that I've had on previous attempts to quit. Received a bill for $10,200. Our family has no medical insurance.
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Urine infection
Amount: $1,700.00
Posted by: Peggy visitor from AK in Florida Keys, FL.Posted: October 3rd, 2015 05:10AM
Medical Center: Mariners hospitalCondition: Stable
Tests or Treatment Required: urinalysis /urie cultre
ER Doctor and hospital charges were reasonable.

URINALYSIS an URINE CULTURE $ 1200.00
one thousand eighty seven for lab tests and $133 for a pathology review of and automated report
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Worst UTI of my life
Amount: $983.00
Posted by: Cheryl T in Hamilton, MT.Posted: September 1st, 2015 10:09PM
Tests or Treatment Required: urine test
Self diagnosed the UTI but it was the worst pain I've ever had with one. It went straight to my kidneys within hours. Three doses of pyridium with no result so went to ER. They had to give me Percocet for the pain. It's a good thing I have some left over for the pain that accompanies the bill.
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