the emergency room
June 7, 2007 2:41pm CST
do you think it is far that people who dont have health insurance go to the emergency room for there problem and never pay the bill which causes rates to go up in the hospitals rather then go to a doctors office and pay there own bill. now im not talking bout people who get into severe car accident or anything that is life threating. im talking bout going to the emergency room for a simple cold,vd, stomatch flu, etc.
7 Jun 07
It sure is unfair. But I do not understand. How do people with no insurance get away without paying for visiting the emergency room? I do not know how it works in your country but I think that going to the emergency room for a minor cause is unfair because they hold up the line for those with more serious injuries.
• United States
12 Jun 07
I think that emergencies are what emergencies are for but you have to look at it geographically as well I live in a very small town and we have limited resources for doctors. However my town got smart and put in an urgent care clinic as well so if you can't get an appt with your doctor you can see someone at the urgent care clinic instead of clogging up the er. As far as uninsured patients not paying their bills making the cost go up I think in part this is true but it speaks more to our medical systems failure not that of the patient. More and more companies are not offering insurance and to get it privately is extremely costly. I think the medical system needs to be reformed and we need to have more of a socialized medicine than what we have. And while we are on the subject of insurance companies when and where did they get the license to practice medicine. They are telling doctors what test they can and can not run as well as how long to keep you hospitalized. That should be the doctors desecion not the insurance companies oh! don't get me started. lol