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Old 02-07-2012, 12:26 AM
 
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I visited the ER to have a cut on my finger cleaned and wrapped. All that was done to me was a tetanus shot, cleaning of the area with hydrogen peroxide, and wrapping it. Total time dedicated to my injury was 5-10 minutes (and a couple hrs waiting, including 1hr once I went in). I was told that a doctor was going to come and take a look at my finger, but he did not because he had another emergency to go to as I was told, so the cleaning and wrapping was done by a nurse.
I am being charged $1800 for the visit, and an additional $240, which is the physician's charge. Both bills are ridiculous and want to fight them. The first one being too high, and the second one that is completely unfair considering I didn't even get to see the doctor. I called about the second bill, and was told that it was a standard fee I had to pay (even though I didn't see a doctor).

Both bills are about to go to collections, and I know I should of taken care of them earlier, but I refuse to pay them and unless they charge me a more reasonable amount for the ER visit, and discard the second bill I am not paying a dime.

I also know that ER is expensive, but I was told by another clinic that I should go to the ER (because it was a deep cut) and I should expect to pay $80-100 for cleaning/wrapping (it was too late for stitches, past 24hrs). That wasn't the case.

I need some advice on how to go about dealing with this, is the hospital likely to accept a lower offer? And could I argue that I shouldn't have to pay the physician, or is it a standard fee that no matter what I have to pay? Please help, thanks!

I forgot to mention, that once I walked in I asked for an estimate for my visit. I was told they would let me know once I was discharged. Once I was discharged, at the cashier's window, I was given an estimate of $900. The actual charge is double that amount...
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Old 02-07-2012, 12:32 AM
 
Location: GLAMA
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Why didn't you go to a walk-in? I had an inner ear procedure done last year, took the doctor (yes, a doctor)
20 minutes to accomplish the procedure. 110 bucks, a script for meds, and I'm out the door.
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Old 02-07-2012, 12:35 AM
 
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It was a walk-in..
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Old 02-07-2012, 12:51 AM
 
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It was a walk-in..
ER = Attached to a hospital. For emergencies. Very expensive. Go here if you cut your arm off, there's a bullet in your chest, or you're having a heart attack.

Walk-in = Non emergency. Not attached to a hospital. Go here for a couple of stitches or some antibiotics to get over a sinus infection. Don't go here if you're dying. Much cheaper.

Which was it?
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:01 AM
 
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I went in through a door on the rear of the hospital (but attached), next to another entrace (I think another entrance to the hospital). Once I walked in I had to fill out a form (name, ssn etc) and then I took a seat. None of the other patients had real emergencies and it wasn't the same area they would bring in real emergencies with an ambulance (that's in the front). I thought this was considered walk in, but I think there was a sign saying "emergency room" on top of that entrance. The parking garage was right across from that entrance, I would assume I went to the right place (and why didn't they send me to the "right" room if I wasn't)
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:32 AM
 
Location: GLAMA
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The walk-in I went to is miles away from any hospital, and is non-affiliated. It's an industrial medical clinic. In case you need similar services again, I'd look into a place like that.

$110 vs $2040...
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:49 AM
 
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The walk-in I went to is miles away from any hospital, and is non-affiliated. It's an industrial medical clinic. In case you need similar services again, I'd look into a place like that.
$110 vs $2040...
Ok now I know what you 're saying. I did go to an outside clinic before I went to the ER (it was called MD Stat urgent care) and I was sent to the ER from there since they wanted the payment in cash, which I didn't have. When I said I'll come back in a couple hrs one of the staff there told me "just go to the ER where you can make payments and will cost you less"
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:02 AM
 
Location: GLAMA
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This is the company: metropolitan industrial occupational medical clinics, injuries drug screenings

The good part about those places is, other than the affordability aspect: They don't have true life-threatening emergencies coming through the doors that will take a doc away from working on you.

The injury doesn't have to be work-related if you're paying cash, as I did. Mine wasn't.
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