E really is for emergency, more hospitals say
Two First Coast hospitals now charge extra for non-emergency ER visits.
Dec 5, '06
I think most hospitals are much to timid to risk the wrath of the community by doing this.
Last edit by oramar on Dec 6, '06
Dec 6, '06
Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
And what about Medicare pts? Will we have to pay the extra $100. if they chose to be seen?
The rule doesn't apply to patients under 5 or over 65, so Medicare wouldn't be an issue.
For other patients without private health insurance, it certainly wouldn't hurt to add a provision that the money must be paid out of pocket at the time of service (more than fair since it is NOT an emergency).
Last edit by RN4NICU on Dec 6, '06
Dec 6, '06
In Belgium - Europe it is common practice to charge an extra for abusing the emergency department... It is allso known that it doesn't bother certain types of patients to continue abusing the ED...
They even refuse paying any bill sent by the hospital... Strange enough the same patient-category is very demanding when it comes to care and support...
Last edit by jpab on Dec 6, '06