i'm going to try and make this as brief as possible...so, about a month ago i went to my regular doctor for what i thought was a urinary tract infection (i've had many before). well, the urine tests that she did came up negative for an infection. she sent it in for it to be cultured, which also came back negative for an infection. (here is a foreshadowing! at this time i had asked her if it could be a kidney stone because i do have a history of having them, and she didnt seem to have any further thoughts on the matter.) so after a couple more days with the same symptoms i went to a walk in clinic for another urine test...still negative for an infection. the next day, with my symptoms seemingly worse, i went to the emergency room hoping that they would do additional tests to figure out what was causing my symptoms. well, they did a urine test and a blood test. the nurse came back in and said that the urine test came back with "unusual results" and she said that the doctor would be in shortly. about 20 minutes later a nurse practicioner (while highly educated i'm sure, not a doctor) came in to tell me i had an infection, and sent me on my way with prescriptions for an antibiotic. after the 3 day dose i was still having the exact same symptoms with no improvement. i decided to see a uroligist. he did a urine tests that came back still negative for an infection. (i actually brought in the results from the ER for him to review also). he said he wasnt convinced that it was an infection, and he sent me for a CT scan of my abdomin and pelvis. it was seen that i have a few kidney stones and a small cyst in my left kidney. i am now following up with the urologist because it was also found that i have a condition in my kidneys where they produce too much calcium that form into stones, and it could become dangerous if the stone build up too big. Soooo! after all that! my question is, do you think i could protest paying my emergency room bill because they failed to do the proper tests to diagnose my symptoms effectively?Answer Question
Answer by dancer at 2:32 PM on Jun. 10, 2011
You could try, but you will probably have to pay anyway. The idea is you are paying for a "service" and you received that service, even it it was carried out by someone who was under-qualified or just not knowledgeable enough to be doing it well.
Answer by scout_mom at 2:32 PM on Jun. 10, 2011
Answer by SleepingBeautee at 2:33 PM on Jun. 10, 2011
Answer by MommyH2 at 3:32 PM on Jun. 10, 2011
You would really have to prove that the ER didn't live up to a standard of care for patients presenting with similar symptoms. DH went for almost a year being treated for an enlarged prostate. He actually had a bladder stone. His bladder couldn't empty because the stone, which was about 1 inch, would block the urethra when he went to pee. He also had discomfort and urgency.
Answer by JSD24 at 4:04 PM on Jun. 10, 2011
Answer by DDWay at 8:39 PM on Jun. 10, 2011
Answer by ImaginationMama at 8:41 PM on Jun. 10, 2011
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