What can YOU say in six sentences?
For the medically uninsured, an emergency room visit is enough to have one admitted. Depending where you live, just walking in the door, talking to the admitting nurse and then signing in can cost about $700.
At the time, none of this matters of course because you’re in discomfort and scared and you’ve panicked because you can’t find the term to describe how your wife is feeling. All of it is surreal for almost four hours and after several tests including an EKG and a radiologist scan, they let you go home with prescription and advice to see a follow-up doctor in their network; it’s when you get the bill for using the ER facility ($upper four figures$) then independently (even though they are in the ER) the radiologist bill and the nurse practitioner bill and the follow-up doctor visit bill that you really feel you need to be admitted.
Ask for a discount; if you pay right away you can get 30%-60% off. The poor are written off and the rich aren’t concerned but for the uninsured middle-class (those who are of the wrong age, uninsurable because of that age and/or with pre-existing conditions and one catastrophe from losing everything because they will take it from you) it’s the biggest bubble waiting to burst, enough to give one a reason to move to a country that offers a socialized medicine plan.