- Sep 30, 2003
Yeah, that's effin ridiculous.Originally posted by: lsd
On the other side of the coin you've got to ask WTH a visit costs $1000.
I recently had an OJI where I cut my finger pretty badly. For two visits (they said coming back to the ER was okay) the total cost was $1600. Workers comp insurance paid for it so I didn't care. The total time I waited + treatment/sutures removal was less than 1 hour.
Many of these so-called 'emergencies', perhaps even yours, could be handles with an out-patient clinic stafed by physicians assistants at a far lower costs. Our local hospital has those, however they are never never the actual hospital - you have to 'know' about them. IMO, that's the hospitals' own fault. They could locate an out-patient type facility within the hospital or very close. A $3 million savibng would pay for a nereby building easily.
Seems to me the hospitals like making $3 M off a few repeat users. That needs to change.