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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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Amount: $1,772.00
Posted by: Mike413 in Pittsfield, MA.Posted: September 19th, 2018 02:09AM
Medical Center: Berkshire Medical CenterCondition: Broken Leg
Tests or Treatment Required: X-Ray
Never got to see a real doctor only a PA, Charged $1772.00 for about two hours, quick X-ray and throw into the street. Never again. Goto Urgent Care it would have been $200-300, ER's are over-priced and all the seem to care about was billing not the care of the patient.. Next time I will just die in the street because the working class cannot afford to live and this is with insurance. Today's insurance is useless as it doesn't kick in until 1500/3000 and I though I had the best policy. It used to be a 150 copay pre-obama. Boy did the working class get screwed in this deal.
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Bug In ear
Amount: $2,500.00
Posted by: Kandablo in Dallas, TX.Posted: September 14th, 2018 04:09AM
Medical Center: Dallas regional medical CenterCondition: Bug in ear
Tests or Treatment Required: Look in ear, numbing drops, tweezers
Went in 8/1/18 with a bug in my ear. I panicked. Called my pcp she sent me to er. Get to er,taken back fairly quickly. Nurse practitioner came in peeked in my ear confirming there was a bug. Put some numbing drops in my ear. Let me lay for a few minutes. Cane in with pair of tweezers. Tried 2 times to remove bug. Seemed either scared to keep trying or in a hurry to get me out. Have me a syringe and sent me home with instructions to put vinegar in my ear 4x/day to try and dissolve bug and flush out. Also gave me a number for ear nose throat specialistsaying if i absolutely couldn't take it i should go see them. It's 9/14. I still have some of the big in my ear. Spentall this time trying to flush it out at home. Since August 22 have been requesting an itemized bill and have yet to get it,despite having been told 3 times now that it's in the mail. Also being charged for a dr who did not exam me. Walked in said bug in ear and walked out.
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Anaphylactic shock
Amount: $3,500.00
Posted by: TP in Brownsburg, IN.Posted: August 1st, 2018 04:08PM
Medical Center: Hendricks Regional HeathCondition: Swollen air, tongue, hives
Tests or Treatment Required: Epinephrine and IV
Spent a total of 1.5 hours tops and received an IV and epinephrine, no tests. Paid $1800 out of pocket with my insurance.
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ER, no treatment, sent home
Amount: $2,700.00
Posted by: a user in Phoenix, AZ.Posted: May 2nd, 2018 11:05AM
Medical Center: Dignity HealthCondition: Swollen lymph node
Tests or Treatment Required: None
No testing required; nurse checked my blood pressure and temp, doc walked in and talked for about 5-10 minutes, said "come back if it gets worse" and sent me home. And for this, they charge nearly $3,000 USD? This country's medical system is criminal.
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Sinus Infections - Steroid shot and sent home
Amount: $2,753.00
Posted by: Bill Moore in Richardson, TX.Posted: April 7th, 2018 12:04PM
Medical Center: TX Health HospitalCondition: Sinus infection
Tests or Treatment Required: none
I woke up having breathing problems. I went to nearby non-hospital THH office. Nurse took blood pressure and temperature. Dr came in the room and spent less than 10 minutes and stated I had sinus infection. Nurse gave me steroid shot and told me if I was not better in 8 hours to go to the hospital ER room since they were not a full ER facility. I spent total time (wait time and room time) of 45 minutes. I will never seek medical treatment at any Texas Health Resource facility again.
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Sliced finger opened
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: Megaman in Irving, TX.Posted: March 14th, 2018 04:03AM
Medical Center: Irving, TXCondition:
Tests or Treatment Required: Cleaned wound and gauss
So a coworker sliced his finger opened whilst he was cutting veggies. I took him to the ER and the nurse gave him 2 options (he had no insurance), he could clean the wound and wrap it for $400 or clean the wound, add stitches and wrap it for, I think, $1200. He took the least expensive option. He could've done that himself for a few bucks but damn $400??
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facial abrasion without stiches
Amount: $10,150.00
Posted by: Jeffrey A Baker in el paso, TX.Posted: March 1st, 2018 05:03PM
Medical Center: Las Palmas, El Paso TexasCondition: minor wound from fall at school
Tests or Treatment Required: cat scan and 2 steri strips
was told the fee was 300 while being discharged which seemed reasonable until I get a letter from a 3rd party less than 30 days later saying I had a balance of 10150 dollars... Was stunned and pissed
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ER visit
Amount: $7,500.00
Posted by: Dee65 in Richmond, CA.Posted: March 1st, 2018 01:03PM
Tests or Treatment Required: Pain medication Iv fluids ultrasound ekg
Severe pain for about 8 hours also vomiting. So go to the kaiser emergency room long story short I have gallstones I was there for about 5 hours. I have a 6800 out of pocket maximum deductible so I feel like they just charge as much as they can to get your money. So crazy expensive
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ER VISIT - Esophageal obstruction
Amount: $3,149.57
Posted by: Jadakiss in sandy, UT.Posted: November 30th, 2017 01:11PM
Medical Center: Alta View HospitalCondition: Foreign body in throat
Tests or Treatment Required: Chest X-Ray, IV Fluids, Endoscopy & Meds
I had a piece of meat stuck in my throat, my husband did the Heimlich maneuver, but was unable to remove meat. I was throwing up foam for 7 hours straight until we decided to go to the ER. I do not have Health Insurance. This is what they charged me for being at the ER for 4 hours:
IV THERAPY $332.08
LAB $33.03
CHEST X-RAY $251.24
ER LEVEL 4 $1,569.67
DRUGS $322.82
GASTR INTS LV 2 $ 180.54
GI FEE $397.49
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Sore back, kidney cyst
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: AJM in Toronto, Ontario, Other.Posted: November 5th, 2017 06:11PM
Tests or Treatment Required: X-ray, multiple blood and urine tests,
Had back pain and short of breath. I was worried about a heart attack. They did and ECG and multiple blood and urine tests. Not a heart attack so checked kidneys. Did a CT scan. Saw doctor within 20 minutes. Ultimately spent 4 hrs there, mostly waiting for test results.
Turned out to be a cyst on my kidney. Was given a referral to a specialist.
I am an American- Canadian dual citizen living in Canada, so this visit cost me nothing. And the specialist visit will cost me nothing.
(Of course I pay taxes but I can go to the ER a hundred times and I will never get a bill. And my ability to pay will never have to be considered when deciding whether or not to seek medical care).
Universal health care works.
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Diagnosed with 5mm kidney stone
Amount: $23,500.00
Posted by: Dee K in Gainsville, FL.Posted: October 30th, 2017 10:10AM
Medical Center: North Florida Regional Medical CenterCondition: Kidney stone
Tests or Treatment Required: CT scan
Outrageous is all I can say. I went to a satellite ER. I was diagnosed, given a non-refillable prescription for Hydrocodone (10 tablets) and sent home to pass the stone. Two weeks later and it still hasn't passed. I don't have health insurance so this will be out of pocket.
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2 Baby Boys Minor Cough
Amount: $2,000.00
Posted by: NR in Buffalo, NY, NY.Posted: October 29th, 2017 04:10PM
Medical Center: Catholic Mercy HospitalCondition: Checking out minor cough
Tests or Treatment Required: 1 nothing, another minor ear infection
Just crazy got bills totalling about USD2k. Can you believe that. Even a brain surgery doesn't cost that much in my country Malaysia. The health care is excellent and free. The government hospitals are top notch. The best private top notch hospital and doctors for a laceration on my son cost USD$50 without insurance. This is just sick, sick sick USD2000 for antibiotics. Just perverted sick sick sick system. Real perversion of the medical profession.
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Post Motor Vehicle Accident (rear-ended on a motorcycle
Amount: $21,500.00
Posted by: Chad777 in Derby, KS.Posted: October 4th, 2017 09:10AM
Medical Center: Wesley ER, Derby KSCondition: Neck, back pain and acute headache
Tests or Treatment Required: 3 CT scans, Rx.
I almost had a heart attack when I saw the bill for this. Thank God the person who hit me was insured. The doctor did no "hands on" physical exam, questions only. Ordered head, neck and lower back CTs. Final disposition was a couple days worth of muscle relaxants and pain meds. How in God's green earth does that equate to $21,000? And we wonder why insurance is more expensive every year and we are in a health care crisis?!
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Kidney Stone
Amount: $17,000.00
Posted by: Chad Maisonneuve in Lakewood, CO.Posted: September 26th, 2017 08:09PM
Medical Center: St Anthony's NorthCondition: Kidney Stone
Tests or Treatment Required: IV, Urinalysis & ct scan
I spent 2 1/2 hours in the ER. The IV push with painkiller helped, I had a ct scan to confirm that I had a kidney stone, was referred to a urologist and sent on my way. They billed me for more than $17,000 as a cash pay patient
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Er for dislocated finger
Amount: $4,000.00
Posted by: Jenifer M in Wellington, FL.Posted: September 12th, 2017 02:09PM
Medical Center: Wellington medical centerCondition: Dis located finger
Tests or Treatment Required: Xrays
It was late on a Sunday night when I fell and dislocated my finger. Even though their was only one patient other then me in the ER it took 3 hours to see a doctor. After xrays the doctor stsed no need to bother numbing it up. Needless to say it hurt worse him pulling on my finger then when I did it. Gave me no medication for pain and insisted on giving expensive $20.00 cold packs that llasted 15 minutes instead of free took 1 minute for the doctor to pull on my finger and his price was $1800.00. The only reasonable cost was for the radiologist who look at the xrays for $35.00. Healthcare is unsustainable unless we change the system. To top it off the guy was totally rude and my finger never healed correctly.
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Amount: $1,031.00
Posted by: Chipmock in Payson, AZ.Posted: September 9th, 2017 02:09PM
Medical Center: banner paysonCondition: unkown
Tests or Treatment Required: none
tring to get info. like pulling eye teeth. that is just the dr pay since don'tkown anything ,not sure
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Amount: $361.00
Posted by: Jude in Ensenada, Other.Posted: July 31st, 2017 06:07PM
Tests or Treatment Required: X-ray, full panel blood work, oxygen, IV
Presented at the ER with pneumonia. Was seen in less than 5 minutes. Chest X-ray, full panel blood work, IV pain meds and antibiotic, oxygen and medication to take home. Skilled and lovely staff. I've been treated for pneumatic numerous times in the US and, even though my insurance doesn't cover Mexico - if I could I go there for all treatment. Awesome hospital.
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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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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 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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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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