wrveres wrote:I'm no expert of course, but from my reading last year, there is a ton that goes into this. Emergency rooms must keep a larger staff on hand at all times, as they never know what is coming through that door. The ER also practices extreme defensive medicine as they are the most likely to be sued. Thats why in Mad's case they did the cat scan and notified a trauma team. Another thing is emergency rooms are a specialty service. If you call a 24 hour plumber at 3 am on a Sunday, you pay more. He does the same thing obviously. Ever had your car towed on a weekend? its twice as expensive. Also lets not forget that they are attempting to recoup losses from the uninsured, and then you also have about 10% of that cost in malpractice insurance. Its not one small thing.
The hospital was already open though, that's a little different than calling a plumber out of bed at 3 AM. A comparable situation would be Wal-Mart charging 10X what a reasonable price is, but only during certain hours of the day (during the rush or overnight). Doesn't make any sense.
As to the CT, all they had to do was have my wife sign a release. She refused the CT several times until finally letting them do it so they could leave.
I'm not completely unreasonable of course, I understand hospitals have additional bills and things we don't generally think about. I mean I did pay every cent of the $16K+ for my appendectomy even though I felt it was robbery. $13,500 for a checkup though? That's just stupid and you'd think they wouldn't be dumb enough to go that crazy with the overbilling. Especially right now with so many people starting to take matters into their own hands. They are playing Russian Roulette and they will lose the game soon enough.
Yes doctor, I am sick.
Sick of those who are spineless.
Sick of those who feel self-entitled.
Sick of those who are hypocrites.
Yes doctor, an army is forming.
Yes doctor, there will be a war.
Yes doctor, there will be blood.....