How Screwed Up is This?
An employee of a local company comes into direct contact with potentially hazardous bodily fluids. His employer sends him to go get screened by a doctor under the employer's worker's comp policy.
The employee is one of the few Massachusetts residents who have fallen through the health insurance cracks, so he has no declared primary care physician. After calling every private physicians office in North County to try an be seen, the employee is told that no one will see him because he does not have a primary care doc in that practice - Nevermind the fact that Worker's Comp will cover the visit.
Instead, he is instructed by at least two offices that he should just go to the Emergency Room even though this is obviously not an emergency situation.
Cost of a 20 minute physician's office visit $90.
Cost of a 20 minute emergency room visit $500+.