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Woman is billed $700 for visiting ER despite getting NO treatment and leaving before seeing a doctor

Georgia woman is billed $700 for visiting the ER despite getting NO treatment for head injury after waiting SEVEN HOURS to see a doctor

  • Taylor Davis said she received a bill a hospital bill from a Georgia hospital for $688.35 even though she never received medical treatment for her head injury
  • She said she checked into the hospital and left after waiting for seven hours
  •  Weeks later, a bill arrived and a hospital employee told her: ‘You are charged before you are seen. Not for being seen’
  • It’s estimated that about 1 in 5 emergency visits and 1 in 6 inpatient admissions will trigger a surprise bill


A Georgia woman says she received an emergency room bill for nearly $700- despite not receiving treatment and leaving the hospital after seven hours without ever getting to see a doctor.

Taylor Davis told a local media outlet that she checked into Emory Decatur Hospital for treatment of a head injury in July – but after waiting to be seen for seven hours, left the facility.

‘I sat there for seven hours,’ she told Fox 5. ‘There’s no way I should be sitting in an emergency room – an emergency room – for seven hours.’

Weeks later, Davis said she was shocked to receive a hospital bill for $688.35.

“I didn’t get my vitals taken, nobody called my name,’ Davis told the outlet. ‘I wasn’t seen at all.’

Taylor Davis told a local media outlet that she checked into Emory Decatur Hospital for treatment of a head injury in July – but after waiting to be seen for seven hours, left the facility.

Weeks later, Davis said she was shocked to receive a hospital bill for $688.35

Initially believing she received the bill in error, she reached out to the hospital and was told the charges stood as an ‘emergency room visit fee.’

‘[The employee] said it’s hospital protocol even if you’re just walking in and you’re not seen,’ she said. ‘When you type in your social, that’s it. You’re going to get charged regardless.’

In an email sent to Davis and obtained by Fox 5, the hospital said: ‘You are charged before you are seen. Not for being seen.’

Davis said she’ll now think twice before seeking hospital treatment.

‘That’s kind of like the last resort now,’ she said. ‘Seeing that they’re able to bill you for random things, it doesn’t make me want to go.’

Emory Healthcare did not immediately respond to a DailyMail.com query, but released a statement to Fox.

‘Emory Healthcare takes all patient concerns seriously and appreciates this has been brought to our attention,’ the statement said. ‘Our teams are currently looking into this matter and will follow up directly with the individual.’

It’s estimated that about 1 in 5 emergency visits and 1 in 6 inpatient admissions will trigger a surprise bill.

 In June, a viral TikTok video shed light on the staggering cost of a prolonged hospital stay in the US during the pandemic.

It's estimated that about 1 in 5 emergency visits and 1 in 6 inpatient admissions result in a surprise bill

It’s estimated that about 1 in 5 emergency visits and 1 in 6 inpatient admissions result in a surprise bill

TikTok account @letstalkaboutbusiness shared the video, claiming to show the cost of a four month stay in an American hospital with COVID-19.

The clip includes an itemized list of charges, from anesthesia to physical therapy to a stay in the ICU, which totaled more than $2.85million.

 And in June 2020, a Seattle man who spent two months in hospital battling COVID-19 was billed $1.12 million for his treatment.

Since the patient had insurance, the bulk of the tab was expected to be picked up by taxpayers.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, both enacted in April 2020, require that ‘private health issuers and employer group health plans cover COVID-19 testing and services furnished during the pandemic, with no out-of-pocket expense’. 

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