Went to ER for 2 hrs got a CT scan and Confined for 2 hrs.BIll is 22,794?why is that? - page 3

Hi all, about a month ago I had an accident while playing basketball.I hit my head on the floor and was rushed into the emergency room.They did a ct scan on my head then was lying in the... Read More

  1. by   cardiacRN2006
    I agree with Eric. When I worked in the field I took the pt to where I thought they needed to go. I didn't give a hoot as to their finacial status. In fact, our county hospital wouldn't accept emergent head injuries which were defined by a simple loss of consciousness. So if you didn't know if you blacked out-even for a second- then you went elsewhere.
    But either way, the OP still has issues with paying the bill. Regardless of where he 'should' have gone.
  2. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from griddleboy
    here's what it says on the hospial I went to.


    As a 254-bed, not-for-profit facility, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center


    YOU THINK I COULD GET APPROVED FOR A CHARITY CARE OR MEDICAL..I STILL CANT BELIEVE THE BILL 22,793 FOR A CT SCAN AND I STAYED AT THE ER FOR 2 HRS
    Ah.....Holy Cross Hospital in Mission Hills, California.

    I have not-so-fond memories of doing my clinical rotations there about a year and a half ago.
  3. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from Bala Shark
    I am very familiar with the county hospital system..If people cannot pay like the orginal poster then the county will pick up the tab! You think the county hospitals will let it go to a collection agency like private hospitals would? No, they would not. The county hospitals will look at your income and see if you can pay and if you cannot then the county will pick up the tab..Look, the orginal poster is 21 years old, probably a nursing student and he does not live with his parents..So where is he going to get the money from?

    A person can be bankrupt for life if people are not sent to county hospitals..You think a person with no income can stay 45 days in a private hospital with no insurance? Also the orginal poster, could have requested a county hospital since he has control over his care...
    Huh? 45 days? He stayed for 2 hours!!!! That is just a smidge different than 45 days. And if the original poster had known enough to request to be taken to a County hospital, he could still be turned down, based on the decision of the ambulance personnel. All of this continues to be irrelevant to the OP's question, which was why is his bill so high?
  4. by   charebec65
    Quote from cardiacRN2006
    I agree with Eric. When I worked in the field I took the pt to where I thought they needed to go. I didn't give a hoot as to their finacial status.
    I live in a smallish city about halfway between two large cities (about 40 min. each way). As HMO's tend to do, our former insurance dictated that we go to Cincinnati area hospitals. However, the squad service that has jurisdiction where I life would only transport to Dayton area hospitals. We were fortunate that we never needed a squad except once when my daughter was transported to Cinci Childrens from ......
  5. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from Bala Shark
    Also the orginal poster, could have requested a county hospital since he has control over his care...
    He could of, but that doesn't mean anything. If the receiving hospital refuses to accept, or is too busy, or is too far, or is whatever, then the pt goes wherever the driver of the ambulance is taking him. Again, arguing about where the OP "should" have gone isn't helping his original question. It only implies that this is his fault and he 'should' have know better. Let's try to help him and not argue about should haves and could haves...
    Also, I bet he didn't think the bill was going to be 22K, either.
  6. by   Bala Shark
    Quote from mercyteapot
    Huh? 45 days? He stayed for 2 hours!!!! That is just a smidge different than 45 days. And if the original poster had known enough to request to be taken to a County hospital, he could still be turned down, based on the decision of the ambulance personnel. All of this continues to be irrelevant to the OP's question, which was why is his bill so high?
    Yea, a CT scan requires an informed consent...And I assume he was with the program since he was let go 2 hours later..
  7. by   Bala Shark
    The bottom line is that the ogrinal poster needs to apply for Medi-Cal...He needs to go to the social service agency in his county.You know the place that offers food stamps, general assistance, that type of thing!
  8. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from Bala Shark
    Yea, a CT scan requires an informed consent...And I assume he was with the program since he was let go 2 hours later..
    Okiedokie, but this still has nothing to do with being in the hospital for 45 days, but that's just fine. I notice that you continue to ignore the fact that this has nothing whatsoever to do with the OP's question.
  9. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from Bala Shark
    Yea, a CT scan requires an informed consent...And I assume he was with the program since he was let go 2 hours later..
    Huh?
  10. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from Bala Shark
    Yea, a CT scan requires an informed consent...And I assume he was with the program since he was let go 2 hours later..
    I didn't say he wasn't with the program, I intimated that perhaps he wasn't aware that he should request to be transferred to a County hospital. Now you're referring to his 2 hour stay, but in your previous post you talked about 45 days and yet earlier, you mentioned Santa Barbara County. I am having a bit of trouble following your train of thought.
  11. by   Tweety
    Moved to the breakroom because this is not an LPN/or nursing related topic.

    Carry on.
  12. by   LeahJet
    Since when does a CT need signed consent? (specifically....I know there is the whole "permission to treat" thing)

    And I agree with most everyone else....something is amiss here...NO WAY should a CT and 2 hour ER visit cost 22 grand. That's insane.
  13. by   dianah
    In some states (Georgia, for one) the infusion of contrast media for a CT scan (or any other exam) requires informed consent. We never had to obtain consent for the CT scan or any contrast infusion, and we were a county facility in CA.

    I hope OP gets the help and answers he seeks.

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