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My boyfriend thinks he broke a rib but doesn't have insurance

Will a hospital still see him and then bill us for it later? Will there be a down payment? What if we can't afford more than $100 up front?

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:58 PM on Oct. 10, 2013 in Health

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  • He can still be seen, and yes, they'll bill.

    Answer by gdiamante at 12:00 AM on Oct. 11, 2013

  • Yes, he can be seen. Be up front about your financial situation. You'll probably have to fill out paperwork to sign up for your state's indigent healthcare program, which will lower your cost significantly because the hospital will receive a most of its payment from the government. That being said, there isn't much that can be done for broken ribs except rest and medication for pain, so unless your boyfriend thinks there's damage to his lungs or other innards, or bone splinters or something, getting seen might be pointless. Broken ribs hurt like knives stabbing you, but they usually heal without much intervention. (See my post in the Health Secton a few weeks ago titled "Rib Belts.") Good luck.

    Answer by Ballad at 12:13 AM on Oct. 11, 2013

  • can't do much for a broken rib though.

    Answer by jeanclaudia at 12:19 AM on Oct. 11, 2013

  • If he broke a rib , he would be in A LOT of PAIN and breathing would be
    hard and UNCOMFORTABLE. You should be able to go to a wslk in clinic or the local health department
    to get an x-ray.
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    Answer by cynzbryte at 6:53 AM on Oct. 11, 2013

  • Yes, he can be seen without insurance and the hospital will work out a payment schedule with you.

    Answer by QuinnMae at 10:47 AM on Oct. 11, 2013

  • All they'll do for a broken rib is give you a girdle type thing to keep tight around his waist area until the rib heals itself. You can heal this at home easily.

    Answer by anestheticsex at 10:55 AM on Oct. 11, 2013

  • You can't do anything about a broken rib. Do not bind it - let it heal naturally.

    Answer by tasches at 7:44 PM on Oct. 11, 2013

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