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An ER patient can be charged thousands of dollars in “trauma fees” — even if they weren’t treated for trauma.
Se estima que, en los Estados Unidos, hay 6.500 inmigrantes indocumentados con enfermedad renal en etapa terminal. Muchos de ellos terminan recibiendo diálisis en salas de emergencias.
Undocumented patients with kidney disease often can’t get treatment unless they are in a state of emergency. This bothers clinicians who want to treat all patients equally.
Why is the price of a CT scan 33 times higher in an hospital emergency room than in an outpatient imaging center just down the street?
Some teens and young adults are spending weeks or even months in retrofitted emergency rooms — even in mesh-covered tents — until specialized care can be found. ‘It’s a huge problem,’ one doctor says.
Republicans seek lower cost and more choice for health insurance sold to individuals, but cutting coverage standards could leave fewer comprehensive plans, analysts say.
Rhode Island installed coaches in all of the state’s hospital emergency rooms and others are following its lead.
The lawsuits allege that the practice costs the hospitals money because the patients often spend the funds.
A pioneering program in southern California provides ongoing care and housing to homeless people who are “super-utilizers” of hospital emergency rooms. The effort is reducing ER visits and saving a lot of money.
Hospitals share patient records of “super-users” to save money and avoid duplicating medical treatment.
A study finds patients who suffered heart attacks in California were more likely to die within a year if their ambulances were diverted from the closest emergency room.