Wrong Dx @ ER, should I have to pay for that?

  1. So, I go to the ER and am dx with an ovarian cyst as the source of my abd pain. I ended up going to the one in my home town less than 24hrs later for the horrendous pain I was in. As it ended up, I was passing a Kidney stone, no wonder the naprosyn wasn't cutting it. I thought I was dying!
    Should I have to pay for the services at the first ER?
    The whole trip didn't do me a darn bit of good, what a wasted afternoon!:trout:
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   first_lobster
    Ummmmmmmmm. ...duh.:trout:
  4. by   angel337
    did they do an ultrasound? maybe you do have an ovarian cyst. i have never seen a ovarian cyst dx'd without a ultrasound or ct, but i suppose it's possible.
  5. by   donsterRN
    Absolutely yes, you should pay for the services rendered. You were evaluated and treated. The misdiagnosis came from the MD; barter with him if you have an issue with that (because his bill will probably be separate from the facility), but the hospital deserves payment.

    Sorry about your wasted afternoon.
  6. by   TazziRN
    Docs aren't perfect, he tried to help you. He may have misdiagnosed you but it wasn't his intention to do so. He spent time trying to help you and should be compensated for that.
  7. by   ann945n
    Im with Tazzi, docs and nurses are human and misdiagnosis happen, you still have to pay for that service.
  8. by   nuangel1
    if the ovarian cyst was dx on u/s then maybe you have both.either way you should pay for services rendered.
  9. by   swartzrn
    Yes, you do have to pay for your ER visit. I am sorry you had so many problems though! I am an ER nurse and unfortunately, sometimes they miss something. Did you have an u/s?? Like angel said, ovarian cysts are usually pretty well diagnosed with an ultrasound (been there, done that.)
    Hope you are feeling better
  10. by   Altra
    Quote from angel337
    did they do an ultrasound? maybe you do have an ovarian cyst. i have never seen a ovarian cyst dx'd without a ultrasound or ct, but i suppose it's possible.
    Agree. Unless something is really wacky, there was sufficient evidence to make that diagnosis.


    ER charges include the hospital's costs for procedures/services rendered, and the value of having had the entire resources of the department made available to you should you have had a life-threatening emergency.
    Last edit by Altra on Jun 2, '07
  11. by   CRNI-ICU20
    At least you have health care access.....one in four American children do not have access ot health care in this country.....which roughly stats out to 13 Million kids....
    It's good that you at least got treatment and appropriate care.....so it wasn't a total waste.....

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