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)