Sorry in advance for the rant, but I am just so MAD that I need to vent. Please feel free to ignore this and not respond, but it feels better just to get it out. My husband had to go to the ER a month ago because he had a severe allergic reaction to something and, of course, it was on a Saturday night. While he was actually lying on the stretcher in an examining room, a hospital employee came back to collect our co-pay, which we paid. Collecting funds while a patient is actually on the bed in the examining room???? Are you kidding me???? The bills have started coming in. To this point, we are at $549 that we are responsible for. For an injection of Solu-Medrol (prednisone), IV fluids (saline), a chest x-ray, 2 prescriptions, and a 2 minute visit with the ER doctor (no lie, the doctor "evaluated" my husband while he was getting a chest x-ray...never saw the doctor again), the bill, at this point, is over $3000.00 and I am sure more bills will roll in. We pay $400 a month for insurance. Add to that the deductible (that we have already met this year), the co-pays for doctor visits, prescriptions, etc., and we STILL owe $549 for this bill (and I'm sure more bills are to come). Over $3000 for a visit to the ER for something this simple is just ridiculous. This is price gouging and plain highway robbery. Our health care system is totally out of control. I don't know the answer, but I DO know that SOMETHING needs to be done ASAP. Sorry for the rant, but this just REALLY makes me furious !!