Originally Posted by natchimabeauty
Emergency rooms are for extreme emergencies and are very expensive trips. If you have not pain associated with the blood in your stool, you may have proctitis. I was just diagnosed with proctitis associated with an auto-immune type and all my medical visits, colonoscopy, and treatment were treated on a non-emergency visit. I have no idea how much the colonoscopy is going to cost me, but my insurance will only pay 70%.
I am sure that you can always work out payment plan with most treating hospital or physician.
Best of luck to you.
Emergency rooms are there for emergencies yes, but also for situations where you are in a lot of pain or discomfort and cannot wait for a regular office visit.
As far as expensive, it all depends on your insurance plan. If there is no insurance, there are programs available at most hospitals. Most hospitals are required by federal law to provide a certain percentage of "charity care" (free healthcare services). The only downfall to this is most of the "charity care" is used up by mid-year. The first three months of the year (jan, feb, march) are the best times to get considered for free services.
Ask to speak to a financial counselor if/when you get billed to setup a payment plan, let them know you don't have insurance and they will work with you to setup a payment plan.