As you may recall about a month ago we took our daughter to the ER after she took a spill and landed on her head. The on call Doctor said to bring her to the ER ‘just to be safe.’ It was hard to argue with that advice so we rushed to the hospital to have her checked out.
Upon arriving she was half asleep, but we couldn’t be sure if it was from the fall or just because she was tired and in the car. Not long after getting situated inside she more or less returned to her normal self. Running around, smiling, talking up a storm and charming everyone in sight. But we’d already started this process so we had to see it through.
They took her to get a CT scan…ever try to get a 2 year-old to lie still inside a big scary looking machine that’s humming like an aircraft carrier? The tech appeared annoyed very time she moved her head even the slightest bit. I understand I guess, but really?
Scan came back fine and we were on our way.
Yesterday we saw the bill from the hospital. Do you have any idea how much it costs ‘just to be safe?’
The 2 hour visit was just shy of $2000 and the CT scan alone was $1500. At the time we were covered under COBRA and now we’re on a regular health insurance plan (through the same hospital no less). I can’t imagine what parents without health insurance would do in this situation, knowing that it costs a small fortune ‘just to be safe.’
Sure you break a leg or lose a finger and you need to go to the ER, that’s a pretty easy decision to make. This is less tangible somehow. We could have just gone home and kept an eye on her for a couple of days, but what if…
A parent should never have to make a decision like this when it comes to the health and safety of their child. I don’t know what the solution is and I don’t want to get into a heated political debate, but something has to change.