When should I go to the emergency room?

Emergency care can save your life if you’re seriously sick or injured. But for less severe complaints, you may get faster and less expensive treatment elsewhere. Instead, call your primary care doctor or head to an urgent care center. Use the chart below as a guide for when you’re not sure where to go.

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15 Replies to “When should I go to the emergency room?”

  1. With the almost 50 percent increase on my monthly premium I really don’t care what it costs

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  2. Since you know my plan & info enough to send updates such add these, ppo provider listing r/t the subject-ie: local ER’s & Immediate Cares, would be beneficial in your communications.

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  3. A listing of the copay cost for Dr., urgent care, and ERNEST visit would be most helpful.

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    1. Hi Rhonda, we’d be happy to answer your questions about costs associated with your coverage. Send us your phone number and a good time to call to social.csc@bcbsks.com and we’ll be happy to follow up. Thanks!

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  4. Great advice, but not very helpful if you live in the middle of nowhere and well over an hour drive from the nearest Urgent Care and Minor Emergency facilities.

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  5. I went to Urgent Care. They sent me to ER. Once I got into a room I sit there for an hour before i was seen by the ER Dr. This was at about 9 am. 8mm Kidney Stone. Didntget to a room till 6:00pm. Do they charge ER rates while waiting on a room on the floor

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  6. Yes would like to hear more on saving expenses to the ER for emergency after hours.Tues am before noon. 02-28-17 Thanks

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  7. I was told to go to ER by my Dr office. So I did as instructed to. To see if they could help r get me an ultrasound

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  8. I think we were over charged for my last test. Even my doctor thought it was too high. Almost $3,000 for a heart eco! Should be checked out.

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    1. Hi Les – we’d be happy to answer any questions you have about billing. Send your phone number and a good time to call to social.csc@bcbsks.com and we’ll have one of our reps. give you a call. Thanks!

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