Oftentimes, people associate visiting the Emergency Room with debt. The thought of paying high fees out of pocket or high deductibles may keep people from making the trip. Other times, people are just more comfortable with having their Primary Care Physician diagnose their condition. Medical emergencies and urgency can happen anytime, and most happen outside business operating hours when your Doctor’s office is closed.
When a condition is not severe enough for one to call 911, or the doctor’s office is closed people tend to browse online resources, such as Web MD, in efforts to self-diagnose. Others fall into the habit of taking pain killers and “waiting it out until Monday”. If your condition is preventing you from sleeping at night, or can become more severe the longer it goes untreated, you need to get to the ER!
Truth be told, conditions can end up costing much more if left untreated or under-treated. The average copay for an ER visit of an insured patient costs $50- $150. Certainly worth every penny for being able to sleep comfortably through the night. Standalone 24/7 Emergency Rooms such as Lifesavers ER in Willowbrook Texas, have doctor’s priority courtesy lines that are available 24/7, making it convenient to discuss conditions with the doctor before making the trip to the facility. So whenever you have a minor medical emergency, don’t wait until Monday!