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What happens at HIV+ diagnosis where there's no link to a case manager?

For a project at work, I'd like to know more about what happens at HIV+ diagnosis in settings where the patient isn't connected with a case manager (or peer navigator, linkage coordinator, or similar). E.g., at ER's, public health clinics, and any other diagnosis settings where connection to a case manager or similar isn't routine, what happens? Can you fill me in, or suggest how I can find out? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Oct 7, 2016 - 5 answers

Partner hit by a car, help with insurance questions

My partner was hit by a car while biking a little over a month ago (we're in CA). It's looking like the ambulance + er visit is going to be already 1.3x the state minimum. We're already speaking a bit with a lawyer, but I have a number of questions about recovery, responsibility and how to make sure we don't end up ok. [more inside]
posted by Carillon on May 18, 2016 - 21 answers

Why does my stupid body hurt so much?

After years of mysterious pains in my side, treatment for colon cancer in 2014 and a colonoscopy yesterday, last night I ended up in the ER howling in agony for hours. My doctors aren't really sure what happened. YAobviouslyNMD, but I'm hoping the smarties of Ask Metafilter can offer some ideas about what the hell is going on with my stupid goddamned body. [more inside]
posted by Ursula Hitler on May 14, 2015 - 24 answers

ER Visit bill received 11 months later for deceased mother-in-law

Last year on 12/11/13 we had to take my mother-in-law to the closest ER which happened to be a hospital that had just opened under new company/management (had been closed for almost a year until new company took over). I provided her Medicare Part A and B card and her AARP Medicare Supplement Card at the time we took her in. The intake person made copies of both cards and said nothing about the insurance coverage what so ever. [more inside]
posted by just asking on Nov 13, 2014 - 16 answers

Why isn't Zofran OTC?

Why isn't Zofran OTC? Re: this response and a recent bout of norovirus where a tab Zofran, passed along by a pregnant coworker, was a savior. [more inside]
posted by magdalemon on Jul 18, 2014 - 19 answers

sent home from the ER with a life-threatening condition. now what?

I had a health scare and a physician in an emergency room misdiagnosed me. What should I do? (a question especially for the md's here) [more inside]
posted by krautland on Jun 21, 2014 - 19 answers

Help my sibling and I care for our mother.

It has recently come to our attention that our mother is hiding—what seem to be very serious—health issues from us. We want to help her, but we're unsure how to proceed. I am seeking advice on two fronts: (1) help us navigate the current healthcare bureaucracy, and (2) help us care for someone who is probably going to try to refuse our help. All of the details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 25, 2014 - 16 answers

I swallowed a plastic fork tine. HELP.

I was at Panera and accidentally chewed and swallowed a plastic fork tine, approximately an inch in length. It may have broken off while I was using it to break and pick up a crouton, and I didn't notice what I'd chewed until I looked down at the fork. That was 8 hours ago. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Aug 9, 2013 - 16 answers


I am an American traveling in Spain and have to go to the ER. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by sockorama on Mar 13, 2013 - 29 answers

Plastic surgeon vs Maxillofacial surgeon for stitches on the face

if you get a cut on your face that requires stitches and you go to the ER is it better to ask for a plastic surgeon or a maxillofacial to stitch you up? And is the hospital required to give you one if you ask for it?
posted by john123357 on Feb 28, 2013 - 31 answers

Sliced finger in LA...ER or Urgent care? Need ideas.

I'm almost certain I just severed the tendon in my pinky...the bleeding is under control but I cannot bend it. I have severe fear of ER costs due to bad past experiences that cost me lots and lots of money. How bad is this, and can it wait for an Urgent Care place? [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Feb 22, 2013 - 25 answers

Medical bill got returned by USPS and sent to collections: how to fix?

I recently found out a medical bill got returned by the post office and went to collections. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 2, 2013 - 6 answers

Dutch-speaking MeFites familiar with Belgium: who do I call and what's their number?

I have two related questions: are my partner's symptoms worth a hospital visit? And if not, are there Dutch-speaking mefites who could help us find a family doctor open in Leuven, Belgium on Sunday? [more inside]
posted by Leucistic Cuttlefish on Dec 29, 2012 - 15 answers

Why wasn't my son's infected toe washed and cleaned in the ER?

Why wasn't my son's infected toe washed and cleaned in the ER? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano on Sep 30, 2012 - 15 answers

Should I go to the emergency room?

YANMD - I'm on vacation (different state) and have been in pain for about the past week. The pain has gotten worse. Should I head to the ER, or suck it up until Thursday, when I take a flight back home? [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 on Aug 21, 2012 - 12 answers

argh, is this seriously possibly typhoid?

I just returned from a month in a country where Typhoid is common, and I have been feeling really bad for these couple of weeks now, with a sore throat, cough, feverishness, and now lethargy/feelings of severe depression/delirium/confusion for a few days now. Now it looks like I have just developed a rash on my stomach that looks similar to the less-dire images I've seen online. It's been my joke-y diagnosis up until now, but does this rash mean I should go to the ER, or wait until tomorrow and try to see my doctor? [more inside]
posted by thegreatfleecircus on Jun 25, 2012 - 26 answers

10 ccs of life goals, STAT

What type of doctor should my friend become? Emergency Medicine or Endocrinology? (Snowflake details inside) [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on May 23, 2012 - 8 answers

The hospital where I was born is trying to screw me.

We live in California. My wife had to go to the ER in my Virginia hometown last year. She gave them her insurance info. Four months later, they sent an enormous bill for a small amount of care. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Jan 9, 2012 - 13 answers

fighting the collections beast

Hospital bill collection blues. Am I in the legal right here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 13, 2011 - 9 answers

The Mother of All Whole Oat Groats Questions

F@cking Oat Groats! How do they work? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Aug 24, 2011 - 5 answers

Turns out, the circular saw was the least of my problems ...

I just put a 2 inch gash in my leg deep enough to expose fatty tissue. I can't afford to go to the ER. Will it be okay if I wait until morning? [more inside]
posted by echolalia67 on Aug 9, 2011 - 48 answers

Oww, oww, oww, but will the ER help?

Trip to ER or not? The back pain edition. [more inside]
posted by katers890 on Jun 19, 2011 - 25 answers

What Can A Hospital Do With Drug Screen Info?

What can the hospital do with drug test results that are positive? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Apr 4, 2011 - 13 answers


Last night, I fell down and split my chin open. It looks deep enough to need stitches. Caveat: I don't have health insurance. Should I go to the ER? [more inside]
posted by fiasco on Feb 28, 2010 - 44 answers

Open Your Mouth and say...Wha?

So I went into the ER for lower back pain, and the doctor checked my ears and throat....what was the point of that? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea on Jul 27, 2009 - 13 answers

How do you thank someone for a well-timed Lethal Weapon II joke?

What can we do to thank some extremely helpful Emergency Room staff? [more inside]
posted by troika on Apr 21, 2009 - 11 answers

ER soundtrack?

What was the double bass (or cello) concerto heard through out the soundtrack of last night's ER?
posted by Rad_Boy on Jan 16, 2009 - 8 answers

Access Granted?

Had to go to the emergency room (I'm fine) and when I presented my insurance they said my "ER Access Fee" was 0$. So I paid nothing, but what does that cover exactly? [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Jan 3, 2009 - 6 answers

Recovering from hospital-induced trauma

How do you mentally recover from having been in the hospital, especially when you don't know what was wrong? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jul 22, 2008 - 10 answers

Wrist pain, very likely a sprain: just watch and wait?

I have some wrist pain from my wrist being twisted, which by all signs appears to be a sprain rather than anything more serious. I'm trying to make sure I don't need to visit an ER (other major factor is that I have no insurance and I don't know what would happen financially after an ER visit). [more inside]
posted by sparrows on Feb 8, 2008 - 24 answers

44+ million uninsured people in America...

Will a $6,000 bill from the ER completely cripple my credit score for the next ten (plus?) years if I don't pay it? [more inside]
posted by inoculatedcities on Apr 8, 2007 - 30 answers

Big hospital charge

A month ago I went to the hospital ER (tiny city) as it was Saturday and I had some weird chest pain. Basically the doctor asked a few questions, an EKG, blood test, and chest X-ray was done, and I was out in 45 minutes after observation. The damage: $475 for the doctor, $95 for the blood test, and $1800 for the hospital (unspecified). No insurance. I'm glad to pay for my care, but this is ridiculous. Any good tips for bargaining this down? Obviously I am in the U.S.
posted by zek on Dec 2, 2005 - 30 answers

Aluminum medical clipboard

Those fancy aluminum clipboards they use for patient charts on ER. Where can I get one? [more inside]
posted by cillit bang on Jun 20, 2005 - 8 answers

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