A few weeks back, I had to take Mrs. ERJ to the ER. She’s just fine, but now about a month out the bills from her visit are starting to come in, and frankly, it’s a bit of an eye opener. Even though we are both gainfully employed, with “good” insurance, we ending up paying about $700 out of pocket for the visit. I’m not really complaining about this amount, for good care and peace of mind, it seems worth it. But what was really shocking, is the cost that is billed for some of the most routine parts of a ER visit, things we often “shotgun” without really thinking through what we hope to gain by ordering it.

  • $101 Urine Pregnancy test
  • $430 – LFTs ($86 per individual test)
  • $133 – BMP
  • $138 – CBC
  • $1,997 – CT Head (this prices does not included the separate bill from radiology for reading the study)


About ER Jedi

I’m a resident doctor in Emergency Medicine and I’ve learned during the past few years that 1) I’ve had some pretty amazing experiences 2) I have a very bad short-term memory. So this blog is just a place for me to write about some of these experiences, from the ER, medical school, the wards and life in general. At least that way I’ll have some idea as to where I’ve been all this time. A scrap-book of sorts, a place to vent, organize some clinical tools and post a few good songs I’ve heard along the way.

Posted on June 30, 2012, in Deep Thoughts. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Wow, that surprises me. I have what I thought had been fairly poor insurance, but our ER copay is only $100. Are you guys in an HSA or something?

  2. Move to New Zealand! It’s all free!

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