What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 142

and do you have to treat them? I am just curious. Your stories always seem to either crack me up or shake my head in amazement. Thanks for sharing :)... Read More

  1. by   liketheairport
    Someone I knew dragged her three daughters to the ER on a city bus because one of them had what she called a "rash". This daughter wasn't having issues breathing or anything, she just had a flat slightly pink area on her arm. I told her she could just go to Walgreens and put some hydrocortisone cream on it. If it didn't improve, then take her to the ER. She said "I was a medic in the Navy, so I know more than you!" I simply shrugged as if to say "Suit yourself".

    I haven't had any medical training per se, but my mom's been a nurse for 40 years or so, and I know some things about when to go to the ER or not. She came back with hydrocortisone cream, a large bill for the ER visit, and the suggestion that she take her to the urgent care next time for something like this. She was pretty angry at them and was mad at me,"Why didn't you tell me?" But, I did, she just didn't listen because she thought she knew better.
    Last edit by liketheairport on Nov 26, '13 : Reason: Forgot to mention a couple of things...
  2. by   CP2013
    Quote from TheGooch

    I don't know where you got the idea there is no co-pay with Medicaid because there is.
    There is a copay but most places don't bother to collect it because it causes more problems.

    One example, ED visits are a $3 copay after MSE but only one hospital collects it. The other hospital does full work up and doesn't ask for copay. Guess who gets all the MDCD patients? Yes, I have seen it first hand. Patients say that's why they chose one hospital.
  3. by   TSgtRodrigues
    Quote from CP2013
    There is a copay but most places don't bother to collect it because it causes more problems. One example, ED visits are a $3 copay after MSE but only one hospital collects it. The other hospital does full work up and doesn't ask for copay. Guess who gets all the MDCD patients? Yes, I have seen it first hand. Patients say that's why they chose one hospital.
    I suppose as someone stated that it depends on the state. It's very rare for our Medical patients to have a copay. Granted I work in a hospital in which all the patients have Tricare, and our hospital doesn't collect money for the most part.
  4. by   Cmcorley
    A guy who had stomach pain, upon xray we saw 12 oddly shaped things in abd. He then told us he liked to swallow barbie heads cause the hair felt good on the way out and he had obstructed. I swear some people have just lost their minds!
  5. by   Altra
    Quote from morte
    I think it would depend on the state....
    morte is correct - though Medicaid is a federal HHS/CMS program, it is administered by the individual 50 states.

    ER use (demonstrated in multiple studies to be much higher per capita among Medicaid recipients than among the uninsured, those with private insurance, or Medicare recipients) is a perfect example of the "law" of unintended consequences. Many states have legislated that Medicaid recipients cannot be charged even a nominal copay for an ER visit (on the argument that it is "discriminatory") but charge a $2 - $5 copay for office visits. So ... if you have Medicaid ... will you go see your PCP ... or go to the ER? Hmm.

    In our ER we write many, many scripts for Tylenol & Ibuprofen, so that the patient has no out of pocket cost.
  6. by   SionainnRN
    I personally hate it when pts walk from the ambulance with positive luggage sign....sigh I just know they're really sick...
  7. by   Anna Flaxis
    Pimple on forehead.
  8. by   %63theend
    I work in a pediatric ER and I had a parent say to me "this dr was really good. Can we come back to get my son's we check-up?"

    O.M.G.
  9. by   TheGooch
    Quote from Cmcorley
    A guy who had stomach pain, upon xray we saw 12 oddly shaped things in abd. He then told us he liked to swallow barbie heads cause the hair felt good on the way out and he had obstructed. I swear some people have just lost their minds!
    LOL! This one for the WIN!!!!!!!!!
  10. by   MissyBee4983
    That exact scenario was on Grey's Anatomy......
  11. by   OlivetheRN
    Quote from MissyBee4983
    That exact scenario was on Grey's Anatomy......
    Yea I noticed that, too. Hmmm
  12. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from MissyBee4983
    That exact scenario was on Grey's Anatomy......
    That's where I saw it! Thanks, that was driving me nuts. Lol
  13. by   FranEMTnurse
    Oh things they they try. You could write a book or two.

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