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    • superfridge

      1. Maybe it was hard to book an appointment with his doctor, like if the next appointment available was a week later.
      4. Although this situation definitely did not call for the ER, setting hospitals setting high costs to discourage ER visits, if true, is absolutely heartless. All it means is that people with actual emergencies will be saddled with thousand dollar debts they cannot afford, which is completely unfair. The best way to decrease ER congestion would be to make primary care physicians more affordable/obtainable, especially for people with bad/no insurance. So many people ignore their health problems because they cannot afford a doctor, or cannot get to a good doctor who takes their insurance, until it becomes a full-blown emergency. Urgent care centers are definitely better for these sort of cases, but I’ve had a couple instances at these centers where they sent me to the ER anyway…