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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: $7,000.00
Posted by: ST.J in FAIRFAX, VA.Posted: July 17th, 2019 06:07AM
Medical Center: ERCondition: SWELLING FACE/ALLERGY
Tests or Treatment Required: NONE/3MEDS
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Extremely high charge
Amount: $9,000.00
Posted by: Jesse Engebretson in Houston, TX.Posted: July 3rd, 2019 06:07AM
Medical Center: Memeorial HermanCondition: Kidney stone
Tests or Treatment Required: CT scan
I spent 5 hours at hospital. Waited first 3 till saw doctor for 5 min. Told me I had a kidney stone after I passed it myself waiting on him to come back with the CT scan results.
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Suspected Kidney Stone - Severe Pain
Amount: $5,792.00
Posted by: Dayton Ohio Resident in Dayton, OH.Posted: June 14th, 2019 03:06PM
Medical Center: Miami Valley HospitalCondition: Severe Flank Pain - possibl kidney stone
Tests or Treatment Required: CT scan of abdomen, IV pain reliever
Cost of $5,792 was for ER only. I was charged several hundred more in separate bills from a doctors' group and radiologist.
Went with severe flank pain and explained I thought it might be a kidney stone. I was billed for a Level 4 (high) visit, but was not given priority in the waiting room. A couple practically making out in the waiting room was called back before I was, even though I was pacing in pain and even sobbing in front of my young child because the pain was so intense. Also, the nurse who hooked me up to the blood pressure machine was either uncaring or incompetent. She left the cuff on me for several cycles because she couldn't get an accurate reading. I had broken capillaries in my arm afterward.
Turned out I did not have a kidney stone. I'm now seeing a chiropractor who adjusts my lower back for $55 per visit.
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1 puncture wound from dog bite
Amount: $1,700.00
Posted by: lost job/no insurance in Charlotte, NC.Posted: May 26th, 2019 07:05AM
Tests or Treatment Required: none
I had inflamed/infected single puncture wound from dog bite. I knew I needed an antibiotic and possibly an ultrasound and I did not have insurance. I called ER and asked about discounts after explaining that I did not have insurance and had not worked in a month.
Filled out short medical history which revealed no health issues. My BP was taken and I was weighed. Nurse practitioner looked at it and asked if i had a fever which I replied, "No". She said it did not need an ultrasound but if it did not get better I should return.
Total time with nurse practition 1-2min. or less..Given Rx for antibiotic and Motrin. Charged $75.00. I expressed my gratitude. I was given information about other clinics with my Rx. (could have given me that when I called)
Later, I got a bill from nurse practitioner for $514.00 and bill from ER for $1100.00 (discounted by $1250.00 so it would have been $2350.00 and total for ER and NP would have been $2864.00)
My total with discount was $1654. SAD!
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Amount: $1,465.72
Posted by: Momo in Portland, OR.Posted: May 23rd, 2019 05:05PM
Medical Center: ProvidenceCondition: Severe neck spasm
Tests or Treatment Required: None
Went to Urgent care for sore neck and headache. Told me to take Ibuprofen at home. A few days later my neck was in such a severe spasm that I couldn’t sleep. Went to ER at 2am. Took my BP. Dr came in and asked a few questions. Probably spent about 1 minute talking to me. Didn’t touch me or ask me to do anything. Literally just sat at the foot of the bed talking. Said the nurse would come give me a shot and that I should go see my Primary. Bill came for just under $1500 of which the shot was less than $100. Insurance hardly paid anything leaving me with a $1005 bill for a 1 min chat and a shot in my arm!
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Amount: $3,680.00
Posted by: Ripped off!!!! in Temecula, CA.Posted: May 22nd, 2019 12:05AM
Medical Center: Temecula Valley Hospital (UHS)Condition: Dehydration (minor severity)
Tests or Treatment Required: 3 min MD, Simple Standard Blood Test, IV
15 y/o daughter, plays volleyball. Didn’t drink water all day at school. Migraine headache. 3 minutes with MD to diagnose as dehydration. Pulled 1 vile of blood and ran simple diagnostic drug test to confirm someone at school did not try to slip her a drug (she was not acting like herself due to dehydration symptoms at the time so we did not know for sure what the cause was, so dad requested out of caution). IV (1 bag of sodium chloride that cost under $5.00) administrated by RN (5 minutes to set up and meddle stick her arm). Boom she was back to normal. Same simple treatment one can get after hard night drinking on the Las Vegas strip for a few hundred dollars retail to avoid the hangover next day... Hospital does same procedure = priceless!!!! (Sent billed amount $8,048.00 and Blue Shield of CA allowed $3,680.00 which is patient responsibility since HDHP deductible not yet met. Have grievance filed and IMR Independent Medical Review plus CA Dept of Managed Care complaint
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Amount: $650.00
Posted by: Zak in Lexington, KY.Posted: May 15th, 2019 08:05PM
Medical Center: Uk med ctr erCondition: Eye infection
Tests or Treatment Required: Antiviral Eye drop
Went to get an eye drop that is prescription but if not used when condition pops up it will cause permanent blindness in that eye, went to er, was new years so the usual was closed, they told me i would have to wait to see a specialist the next day to get the drop, would be blind if had to wait. So i left, happened to be able to get seen by an eye doctor at a glasses place who prescribes me drop, issue solved. Bill from glasses shop that fixed issue=150$.. paid.. bill er that admitted me then admitted couldnt help me=650+250$ on site dr bill... i’ll pay it if i can have somebodies eyeball.. fair trade..
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Flu symptoms
Amount: $5,932.68
Posted by: GayLynn in Garden City, MI.Posted: May 15th, 2019 10:05AM
Medical Center: Garden City HospitalCondition: Flu
Tests or Treatment Required: Chest X-ray, IV fluids, steroids and bre
Couldn’t stand headache pain when I caught the flu in March 2019. Threw up pain relievers, couldn’t eat or drink. After 5 hours of pain decided to hit ER. Got in right away, treated appropriately but pain not managed due to opioid issues. Steroids and Tylenol is all they would do. Spent less than 2 hours in ER....$5900!!!
I had 2 c sections that cost less and I was able to stay the night. Crazy!!
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Infant virus
Amount: $2,900.00
Posted by: Grace Barb in Wichita, KS.Posted: May 13th, 2019 07:05PM
Medical Center: Wesley WichitaCondition: Virus
Tests or Treatment Required: None
Took my daughter to ER for a fever, she was puking and lethargic, I took her in spent mayb 2.5 hr there and spoke to the doctor ONCE and a nurse maybe twice just asked question, no tests no IV or anything, got a bill for 2,900! How is that possible?
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ER visit
Amount: $9,900,000.00
Posted by: Ronald Gruber in Punta Gorda, FL.Posted: May 13th, 2019 08:05AM
Medical Center: Bayfront Health Punta GordaCondition: Blood pressure over 200
Tests or Treatment Required: EKG, CBC
Given a history of prior heart attack the sudden elevation of BP had me concerned enough to warrant a ER visit.
We spent 3 hours total at the hospital with ~2 minutes of Dr. face time. The BP was treated with multiple doses of Clonidine over the three hour period until it was under 150.
Hospitals charge for facilities; i.e. room and a bed for 3 hours: $7,662.00.
EKG" $107.00
Pulse ox monitor rental: $79.00
Dr and staff professional fees: $1,967.00
CBC lab work: $171.00.
A facilities charge for use of a room @ $2,500 an hour is immoral if not criminal.
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Chest pain swelling in abdomin
Amount: $7,029.00
Posted by: Cindy frustrated in Colorado in Colorado Springs, CO.Posted: May 1st, 2019 01:05PM
Medical Center: Memorial hospital colorado springsCondition: Chest pains swelling
Tests or Treatment Required: X-ray EKG 3 blood test
I was in the hall way all evening took me in a room for a very short time long enough to get insurance info and Dr... Came in room said didn't find anything... As I was trying to ask question his phone rang he never came back. The nurse came back to release me. Went back to my Dr. Office told him I was still not feeling well he did some swelling tests my #'s should have been 14 and 6 it was over 300 and over 250. What's the point of going to ER if they won't/ can't help you extremely frustrated
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Possible kidney stone
Amount: $4,089.00
Posted by: Kidney Stones are Hell in Warren, AR.Posted: April 9th, 2019 12:04PM
Medical Center: Bradley County Memorial HospitalCondition: Severe pain
Tests or Treatment Required: CT scan, IV fluids, blood work
I just moved to Arkansas and new job but no insurance yet. There was no discount, no payment plan. This was my first kidney stone so I really had no idea what was happening. After 3 hours of waiting, finally the scan, then they gave me fluids. I never saw a doctor (but charged $2,020. for one). However he did poke his head in to say nothing showed up on the scan, you are free to go home now (while smiling). I was crying and in pain. They unhooked the 20 minutes worth of IV fluids that I was billed $409.oo for. Pain rx was supposed to be in IV, but I did not have it long enough for any relief. All that with no diagnosis, No prescription for pain. No solution. Just bye. Very uncaring and unprofessional
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3 broken ribs,sore back
Amount: $3,158.00
Posted by: Byron king in Wynnewood, PA.Posted: February 24th, 2019 07:02PM
Medical Center: Lankenau medical centerCondition: 3 broken ribs
Tests or Treatment Required: Chest x-ray,iv fluids showed 3 broken r
Upon my observation the Injured parts hurts is usually swollen and may be bruised distorted bent,or out of place due to the hard hit he took during the football game we was able to determine the ligament was torn these structure given the body it's form, make it stable, and enable it to move treatment depends on the type and severity of the fracture it will take about 6 to 8 weeks to heal.
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Amount: $3,950.00
Posted by: WillingTo Pay Reasonable amount in Easltand, TX.Posted: January 30th, 2019 09:01PM
Medical Center: Eastland MemorialCondition: abdominal pain
Tests or Treatment Required: xray, IV, pain injection
Contracted ER doctor charged $1600 for 2-3 minutes of his time and had to wait in pain a long time for tests to be done and got a separate bill for over $2300 from the hospital. Dr bill is way way too high and no explanation for charges just received a total due. Have called hospital billing dept 10-15 times to attempt to work out payment and cannot get anything but voicemail.
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Bucks County Pennsylvania
Amount: $3,500.00
Posted by: Debby Proust in Newtown, PA.Posted: January 6th, 2019 05:01PM
Medical Center: St Marys Medical CenterCondition: Testicular Pain
Tests or Treatment Required: Ultrasound
WTF? My son was having testicular pain. They did an ultrasound. Found nothing. Sent home. $3500 Bill. Absurd! Vote out the old, vote in the new!
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Total Scam
Amount: $1,400.00
Posted by: Jake Yates in Olathe, KS.Posted: January 3rd, 2019 12:01PM
Medical Center: St. LukesCondition: Ear infection
Tests or Treatment Required: blood pressure
Wife took in our son to ER late weekend night after all Urgent Care's were closed. 30 minute visit = $1,400. $200 doctor fee who saw my son for all of 2 minutes and $1,200 for all of 15 minutes sitting in the ER provided room.
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Er visit
Amount: $39,575.00
Posted by: Steve D in Dublin, GA.Posted: January 1st, 2019 04:01PM
Medical Center: Fairview parkCondition: Level 4 trauma
Tests or Treatment Required: 2 CT scans
Got hit by a tree in hurricane spent maybe 5 hours in er someone drove me, I left the same day walked in walked out got 2 CT scans 1 was contrast. 2 Ivs 2700 bucks for doctor bill 1700 for the CT scans and 35,000 for the ER visit. Only seen the Dr 2 or 3 times mostly to argue I was not staying! Just saying it cost about 8,000 grand an hour!
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Er visit scammed!
Amount: $12,000.00
Posted by: Bstangsue in Colorado springs, CO.Posted: December 4th, 2018 06:12PM
Medical Center: Uchealth memorial hospCondition: Infection fever
Tests or Treatment Required: Iv antibiotic
Husband had some kind of infection fever rapid pulse. Coded him did a bunch of tests gave him an iv antibiotic and said sinus infection? 12,000 bill
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Screwed again by uchealth er
Amount: $4,660.73
Posted by: Bstangsue in Colorado springs, CO.Posted: December 4th, 2018 06:12PM
Medical Center: GrandviewCondition: Fractured knee
Tests or Treatment Required: Xray and released
4660.63 for a freaking xray which they missed the fracture on. Sent my son home told him to bear weight. Took four weeks to get his mri approved that then showed a feacture and doc said he should NOT have been weightbearing. Fighting bill we have insurance but this new hospital was not technically covered die to lag in paperwork since new so instead of doing the right thing they seized the oportunity to attempt to screw us. Refuse to work with ins and discount —- horrid crooks. Insurance says $4456.07 OVER customary charges and they say tough shit. Do NOT go here.
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Screwed by uchealth er
Amount: $5,078.85
Posted by: Bstang in Colorado springs, CO.Posted: December 4th, 2018 05:12PM
Medical Center: UchealthCondition: Passed out taken in for check over.
Tests or Treatment Required: Ekg to be safe no treatment
Daughter passed out while giving blood. Unresponsive so called 911 she woke up and felt nauseous they recommended hospital to check her over. I followed and ran by house to grab her change of clothes and when i got there they had done an ekg for good measure and released her no treatment. Insurance discount $2472 ??? $2880 paid by ins plus $420 by us what in the fuck? Why are we allowing this corruption????
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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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