why i am moving to canada

Some of you may know that I went to the emergency room a few weekends ago. I hate going to the doctor–it is costly and I don’t usually gain much from going. But I ended up going to the ER because 1) I was experiencing weird symptoms, 2) the on-call doctor I spoke with over the phone recommended that I get myself checked out, and 3) I had spent all week trying to find a doctor to see me, but couldn’t find one who was Metro-accessible and accepting new patients! Basically–I was worried enough, so I went.

It was basically a case of strep throat and dehydration, which were causing my body to exhibit symptoms I’ve never experienced before. Thankfully, after two weeks of sleep, antibiotics, and Gatorade, I am healthy again.

Here’s the ridiculous part: I was billed for 7 different services, costing a total of $991.00. I spent 4 hours in the ER, but only about 15 minutes were actually spent with a medical professional. I was prescribed some antibiotics. The doctor actually wanted to put me on an IV, but I said “no way,” to which he responded, “well, OK, just get some rest and drink more fluids then.”

I could have gotten this advice from my own mother, Google, the cat who lives downstairs… for FREE!

Why is healthcare so messed up in our country???

I am thankful to have medical insurance which will cover a large percentage of the charges, but how about people who aren’t fortunate enough to have a good medical plan?

Moral of the story: If you don’t think you’re dying, do not go to the ER in the States.

2 Responses

  1. I’d agree. Healthcare, among a ton of other stuff, is messed up here in the US. It’s all about what the insurance company will pay and how to cover the medical community from malpractice suits. As for going to the ER, I’d also add if you think you broke something.

    shyeah74 - March 31st, 2008 at 6:59 pm
  2. hey v,

    i’m glad it didn’t turn out to be anything serious!


    rachel - April 1st, 2008 at 10:23 am

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