Why would anyone go to an emergency room for a headache or a sprained ankle?It’s no secret that hospital bills in the U.S.—especially ones from the E.R.— can often hit astronomical proportions.
According to a recent cost study conducted by researchers at Stanford University, the University of Minnesota, the University of California, San Francisco and the Ecologic Institute, the median charge for an emergency room trip in the U.S. comes in at $1,233. The researchers found that the treatment price for a headache could be as high as $17,797. As for a sprained ankle, it could set someone back $24,110!
Watch out for that pink elephant. You might get squished.
Take two aspirin and call your doctor in the morning.