DENVER - Laura Prinzi thought the $2,700 charge for a short visit to Denver Swedish Hospital’s Southwest Emergency Room in December was a bit excessive. So she complained. This week – months after Prinzi received an initial bill -- Swedish Hospital informed her not only was the charge fair, it was also going to tack on an additional charge of $1,152.80.
KUSA – Immediately after he testified as one of the prosecution's star witnesses in one of the most closely-watched trials in Colorado history, Aurora Police Officer Justin Grizzle quietly left the courtroom and returned to his wife's hospital room. "That was absolutely the worst, the toughest day in my life," said the 15-year veteran of the Aurora Police Department. "I needed to be in two places at once, and I couldn't."
Suspected strep throats, miserable bladder infections, and potentially torn ligaments don’t necessarily scream “EMERGENCY,” but a 9Wants to Know investigation has discovered they’re leading to massive charges nonetheless. And in a country where hospitals are recommended, but not required, to follow a series of industry guidelines, ER visitors remain subject to a complicated system that pays hospitals more for doing more.