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

  1. 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 emergency room for 2 hrs thats it.

    Got my 1st bill doctors bill $485
    2nd bill came in the nxt day $385 for ambulance i think
    3rd bill came today the TORTURE!!! $22,794 omg!!!!!!!!!!!

    I just came back from the Philippines last month.I stayed there for 6 months Because I thought I was gonna study there.My parents cut off my insurance cuz They wanted me to study there then decided that I should comeback here.Then the accident happen..SO CRAZYYY!!!! i dont know what to do??

    CAN I STILL APPLY FOR MEDICAL?OR SOCIAL WELFARE PROGRAM????IM ONLY 21 YRS OLD....I NEED ALL THE HELP I CAN GET......PLLLLSSSSSSSS
    HELLLPPPPP MEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!
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  3. by   SmileyCNAII
    Tell the hospital you need charity care to help pay your bill. This may only work if the hospital you were at is a non-profit hospital.

    At my hospital it is called charity care, it may be called something else at different hospitals.
  4. by   Bala Shark
    Quote from griddleboy
    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 emergency room for 2 hrs thats it.

    Got my 1st bill doctors bill $485
    2nd bill came in the nxt day $385 for ambulance i think
    3rd bill came today the TORTURE!!! $22,794 omg!!!!!!!!!!!

    I just came back from the Philippines last month.I stayed there for 6 months Because I thought I was gonna study there.My parents cut off my insurance cuz They wanted me to study there then decided that I should comeback here.Then the accident happen..SO CRAZYYY!!!! i dont know what to do??

    CAN I STILL APPLY FOR MEDICAL?OR SOCIAL WELFARE PROGRAM????IM ONLY 21 YRS OLD....I NEED ALL THE HELP I CAN GET......PLLLLSSSSSSSS
    HELLLPPPPP MEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!
    Did you go to a private hospital or a county one? The county hospitals are public hospitals where if you have no income like it seems like you dont have, then the county will pay for it..But if you went to a private hospital, you might run into problems..

    Also, look into the Medicaid program and in California it is called Medi-Cal..If you qualify they will help to pay your medical bills..It is for people up to 21 years old so you do meet the requirments..
    Last edit by Bala Shark on Sep 9, '06
  5. by   Katnip
    I would ask for an itemized bill. $22K seems excessive for a CT scan. Just go over it very carefully. It's possible they did make a mistake.

    Do expect some things like the radiologists bill and emergency doctor's bill to be separate from the hospital bill.
  6. by   firstaiddave907
    Wow thats expensive 22K I agree with cyberkat to look at the bill to make sure they didnt mess up. I would think your insurace would help pay for that.
    Last edit by firstaiddave907 on Sep 9, '06
  7. by   traumaRUs
    Please contact the hospital and let them know your situation. Most hospitals will work with you.
  8. by   gauge14iv
    yeah 22k doesnt even sound reasonable for what you say you had - I'd go in and SIT DOWN with someone at the billing office. No way that bill should be that high. You definately need to ask for an itemized bill.
  9. by   ZASHAGALKA
    That'll teach you to ask for a cola while you wait . . .

    Get the itemized bill before you do anything else.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  10. by   mynameizjim
    HI all thanks for the reply I will definitely ask the hospital how my bill got to 22,793 i did get some other bills from them less than 900 dollars such as doctors fee.But the payment from the hospital is 2 expensive!!! Hopefully i get approved for medical.

    What happens if I dont get approved for medical?will they allow me to pay monthly for it??
  11. by   mynameizjim
    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
  12. by   Bala Shark
    You should have went to a county hospital if you knew you would have trouble paying or was it an emergency?
  13. by   gauge14iv
    Not every county has a county hospital though...
  14. by   mercyteapot
    Actually, there is also Medi-Cal for adults. It is the CCS carve out program that ends at age 21. It will just all depend on where you were treated and what your income is. You need to contact the billing dept. I agree, too, that you should ask for an itemized bill. That total seems excessive.

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