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$5,000 not covered by Insurance.
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: Frank Lussier in San Antonio, TX.Posted: February 20th, 2016 05:02PM
Medical Center: Christus Santa Rosa--Westhills TXCondition: Chest Pain
Tests or Treatment Required: Chest X-ray; blood pressure check
Just got a 2nd bill for $4,900 in addition to an earlier bill for $385. Does not specify what it covers exactly. The nurse who recommended that I go to the emergency room was wrong. The Doctor didn't see anything wrong since my blood pressure was 124/80 and there was nothing anomalous on the chest x-ray.
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Stanford ER - $9410 for 9 minutes of exam plus advil
Amount: $9,410.00
Posted by: Darren Kerr in Palo Alto, CA.Posted: February 19th, 2016 09:02AM
Medical Center: Stanford HospitalCondition: Chipped teeth
Tests or Treatment Required: none
Son had bicycle spill with multiple abrasions and 3 chipped teeth at 5pm. Went to Stanford EM (only available dentist after hours). 2 hours in waiting room, an intern looked at teeth and said to see regular dentist. No bandage for abrasions, no ice for swelling, no tests other than blood pressure. Just received bill for $9410.13. We had total of less than 9 minutes of interaction with staff including check-in and nurse for blood pressure, never made it past waiting room. I called to ask them to itemize the charges, so far have only gotten $250 for 1/2 hour of physician (3 minutes == 30 minutes I suppose?), $15.13 for an antibiotic that we never received, and $9000+ of hospital overhead that was not explained.
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emergency room visit
Amount: $1,126.77
Posted by: 2sillytube in saint petersburg, FL.Posted: February 15th, 2016 07:02PM
Medical Center: saint anthonysCondition: pain right lower back
Tests or Treatment Required: urine sample / physical
the $1126.77 was with a 40% uninsured reduction plus $485.00 doctor bill . visit date was january 30 2016 , but the calendar on this comments page currently ends december 2015 . this is somewhat a correction of my previous post.
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muscle spasm
Amount: $1,126.77
Posted by: 2sillytube in Saint Petersburg, FL.Posted: February 15th, 2016 06:02PM
Medical Center: Saint AnthonysCondition: pain right lower back
Tests or Treatment Required: physical / urine sample
The Saint Anthony - Saint Petersburg hospital emergency room cost was $1126.77 . That's with the uninsured 40% reduction .An additional 10% reduction if paid within 30 days . There's also a doctors bill for $485.00 .The reason for the visit was a severely pulled muscle , right side , on back , above hip , felt like something ruptured . Got prescription for muscle relaxers and some heavy aspirin .
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ER rooms are pricey
Amount: $3,990.00
Posted by: Karen Marie in Raleigh, NC.Posted: January 20th, 2016 03:01PM
Medical Center: WakeMed, Raleigh, NCCondition: Just the room to sit in for an hour
Tests or Treatment Required: Antibiotic via IV
This is just purely the cost of the room $4K. I went to a Duke hospital in Raleigh 6 months ago.. same thing $4000. That's for 2 hours of sitting there waiting to be consulted and getting a 1 hour IV drip of antibiotics. The IV, doctor, etc are all separately billed ran under $1000 which I thought was reasonable.
That room gets used over and over and over again every day and is billed to every single person that uses it while being diagnosed.
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Heart Palpatations
Amount: $5,000.00
Posted by: Craig Thorne in Palm Springs, OR.Posted: January 9th, 2016 12:01PM
Medical Center: Eisenhower Medical Center Palm SpringsCondition: Irregular Heart Beat
Tests or Treatment Required: Blood Test, EKG
Nice people in ER. I spoke to doctor about my 10 hour wait sitting there. All the poor people that didn't have to pay make it almost impossible to get help. They don't give their name, but apparently I get to pay for them. Insurance covered 2500, but it still seems my $1000 is a lot.
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emergency room charges
Amount: $1,279.00
Posted by: a user in gastonia, NC.Posted: January 7th, 2016 09:01AM
this is some peterpopoff stuff. the hospital bill, $624, doctor bill, $500, lab bill $170. i'm not sure if my medical provider was a doctor or nurse practitioner. either way was in that waiting room longer than i was being cared for. still glad that ER is nearby though, could've been worse and had to commute more than 10 minutes.
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Emergency Room Injured Nose
Amount: $870.00
Posted by: Screwed Consumer in Atlanta, GA.Posted: December 16th, 2015 08:12AM
Medical Center: Children HealthCare of AtlantaCondition: Nose injury
Tests or Treatment Required: none
Doctor spent less than two minutes looking at her nose and said it was too swollen to tell if it was broken and that she should come back in a week. That brilliant diagnosis cost $870 or $435 dollars per minute. No X-rays or any type of diagnostic was performed.
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Mid cut under the chin
Amount: $2,100.00
Posted by: Luyen in Pflugerville, TX.Posted: December 8th, 2015 10:12AM
Tests or Treatment Required: Only clue stick, nothing esle
My daughter have little bit cut under her chin, just to make sure I brought her in to the first choice emergency room in Pflugerville tx. I didn't check mywith my insurance, we went in less then 15mins. The doctor looked at her and applied the clue cream on her chin, then we went home. A month later, I got the bill, it said: emergency room cost $1400 and $ $700 for op visit with doctor's procedure. I have no ideal, where are these number come from. I am very disappointed and mad. Because, when you don't know what kinds the procedures they did, and cost. Don't ever step in those place call emergency room. You will regret for rest of your life. If it is at the hospital or you stay over night or something else. I don't mind to pay. But little scratch. Don't bother.
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ER Visit
Amount: $1,715.00
Posted by: L. Wells in Marlton, NJ.Posted: December 7th, 2015 03:12PM
Medical Center: VirtuaCondition: Sinus Infection
Tests or Treatment Required: Blood Pressure
Had sinus infection and a broken Molar. Doctor looked at tooth and percribed Sudafed and Oxycodone. Recommeded a dentist.
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Vist to ER with severe chest pains
Amount: $20,331.00
Posted by: Mr hynes in Kissimmee, FL.Posted: November 20th, 2015 09:11PM
Medical Center: Poinciana medical centreCondition: Heart attack
Tests or Treatment Required: Examination, diagnosis, stabilising drug
I took my wife to the poinciana medical centre with severe chest pains. They diagnosed a heart attack, performed relevant tests and administered appropriate stabilising drugs before arranging ambulance transport to neighbouring hospital with a cardiologist department. Total time at the centre was less than 2 hours. So far, we have had two bills:
We are tourists with emergency medical insurance, but the vast proportion of these bills are not met by the insurance. All i have read about ER costs are nowhere near this amount. We return to the UK in 2 weeks. What can we do?
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ER Visit
Amount: $16,700.00
Posted by: Brian T in Fort Wayne, IN.Posted: November 19th, 2015 10:11AM
Medical Center: ParkviewCondition: Steakhouse Syndrome
Tests or Treatment Required: X-Ray, Endoscopy
Had food stuck in throat. Took almost 2 hours to get out of waiting room. Waited another 5 hours to put a tube down my throat. Why did they take blood for blood work ??? I should have refused it. They gave muscle relaxant which the nurse said she has NEVER seen it work. Had to confirm food was stuck with Xray before they would even contact a surgeon. Was in surgery a total of 10 minutes. The amount above didn't include the doctor bills - another $3,000 charge. I have insurance, but still have $7,000 due after insurance.
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Only vital signs
Amount: $419.00
Posted by: 503mikey in Vancouver, WA.Posted: November 9th, 2015 09:11PM
Tests or Treatment Required: Vital signs
I went to the ER and all they did was take my vital signs, I did not even go back into the rooms. I sat down in the waiting room and after an hour told them that I wanted to just head home. I just got a bill for $419. Can someone explain this? How can they justify charging me $419 for taking my temperature and blood pressure?
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ER visit
Amount: $3,000.00
Posted by: a user in Stockbridge, GA.Posted: November 1st, 2015 06:11PM
Tests or Treatment Required: tonsilitis
drove myself to the ER because my tonsils swelled up real bad in two hours and were blocking my airway. When I got there, my legs, hands, wrists, and face were numb and could not breath. They took my heart rate. Sat me in a wheelchair and had me wait about 30 minutes in the waiting room. Finally get sent to a room and the only thing the doctor did was look at my mouth gave me 3 IVs there (a painkiller, a steroid, and sodium chloride) then three prescriptions. Diagnosed me with pharyngitis, acute bacterial tonsilitis, and an upper respiratory infection. Bill came and the hospital charged me $2245. The doctor charged me $726. No blood work, urine sample, x-Rays, or anything. They didn't even swab my mouth. Ridiculous amount just to have someone look at your mouth.
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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.

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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ER Visit
Amount: $4,983.00
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: [email protected] 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: [email protected] 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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