By Broke as a joke - 4/5/2019 04:00
Today, I received the bill for my trip to the ER months ago. Almost $1000 for a quick 2.5 hour stay, only to find out that I had bad gas from drinking far too much of the seltzer I had bought on sale. FML
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By  BurnInDemonFire  |  26

America, fuck yeah!
I think, and I'll probably get criticized for this, that downing an excessive amount of seltzer, only to develop bad gas as a result, is a fairly big YDI. Having said that, I will retract my comment should you inform me that this was your first time ever drinking a carbonated beverage, and you genuinely had no idea how your body would react to it.

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By  BurnInDemonFire  |  26

America, fuck yeah!
I think, and I'll probably get criticized for this, that downing an excessive amount of seltzer, only to develop bad gas as a result, is a fairly big YDI. Having said that, I will retract my comment should you inform me that this was your first time ever drinking a carbonated beverage, and you genuinely had no idea how your body would react to it.

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My guess is OP doesn't have health insurance, and probably had to have a few tests before finding the answer. That can get pretty pricey in the good ol' USA. Freedom isn't free, you know.

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  abfab5300  |  13

It costs that much to prevent people who aren’t sick at all but just plain ignorant or irresponsible from occupying medical professionals who could and should meanwhile be helping people who are in true danger.

By  Wadlaen  |  13

It's reading posts like this that make me appreciate being a norwegian, living in Norway.

Some years ago, I was in a car accident, spent five weeks in a coma, and a half year in hospital after that, and didn't have to pay anything for it at all, because that's what our tax money is used for...

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  RichardPencil  |  27

Which is why Norway is a strong contender for Happiest Nation on Earth.

We’ve decide to focus our attention on going for the gold in obesity, carbon emissions, and firearm deaths. USA!USA!

By  jbuckets_404  |  36

At my last then-without-insurance ER visit here in the US, the bill just from the ER doc himself (ie, a "sub-contractor") was $600. Another time when without insurance, a regularly-scheduled by-referral MRI cost me $1000 out-of-pocket.
Sometimes the pain is too great to wait until regular business hours for a Walk-In clinic - esp. when your parents have already died from heart attacks.