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Why do you need a lot of tests when you are in the emergency room (ER)?

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You may need a lot of tests while you are in the ER to figure out what’s causing your health problem. This is especially true when you have a medical emergency. But tests done in a hospital can cost a lot more than they would if done elsewhere.

If you are able, ask your ER doctor if there's any risk in putting off tests and scans until you can see your family doctor, who might decide you don't need them. If you do need them, they'll likely cost less in a doctor's office than they will at the ER.

SOURCES:

Nationwide Children's Hospital: "ED vs. Urgent Care."

Palo Alto Medical Foundation: “When Should Urgent Care Services Be Used?”

Nemours Foundation: "Going to the Emergency Room."

Families USA: "The Patients' Bill of Rights."

Academic Emergency Medicine: "Rising Annual Costs of Dizziness Presentations to U.S. Emergency Departments."

FAIR Health: "Out-of-Network Docs at In-Network Hospitals."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on July 16, 2018

SOURCES:

Nationwide Children's Hospital: "ED vs. Urgent Care."

Palo Alto Medical Foundation: “When Should Urgent Care Services Be Used?”

Nemours Foundation: "Going to the Emergency Room."

Families USA: "The Patients' Bill of Rights."

Academic Emergency Medicine: "Rising Annual Costs of Dizziness Presentations to U.S. Emergency Departments."

FAIR Health: "Out-of-Network Docs at In-Network Hospitals."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on July 16, 2018

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