No one wants to have a medical emergency. And in the U.S., unlike most of the other developed countries, you have to worry about two things: what’s wrong with you, and how much will it cost?
” Is it cheaper to just die?”
The non-profit Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) says the ER visit costs are skyrocketing. They have examined hospital ER bills from 2008 to 2017 and have determined that the average ER visit price has increased 176% over this decade. The average price is now $1,389.
And for the people without medical insurance, this can be really difficult to afford.
People who have medical insurance don’t have to pay the full price, but for the uninsured, this is a massive expense. Naturally, and completely justified, people are looking for ways to reduce their bills.
A TikTok user shaunnaburns3 shared advice that people should ask for itemized bills for their trip to the ER, and some people took it. For many of them, it actually worked and helped them save a lot of money. (That they shouldn’t have been charged within the first place).
This is the Tiktok I saw! I don’t really know if it works for other things but it doesn’t hurt to try! pic.twitter.com/LXXJm4jkYp— ehvuh (@the_heva) December 29, 2019
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