I work at a hospital. A midsized hospital in a city of with a population of
about 53,000. But smack in the middle of the suburbs for NYC.
We have both types of MRI, Open and closed. We generally use the open for all
MRI requests first, for the patients comfort. The closed is used if an especially detailed scan is needed. IIRC, brain scans need the close MRI.
I also needed an MRI of my abdomen, scanning my intestines. Perffed Diverticulum from Diverticulitus (not going to explain here). They sent me to the open MRI, feet first and
from my nipples up, I was in open air.
But yea, call and ask!
rfgdxm In the US, if you goto the ER, hospitals cannot turn you away, Period.
If you need immediate surgery. They must do it. If not they get you well enough
To go home. This is one of the many reasons for the high cost of medical care in
the US. They will bill you for the ER visit, or hospital stay if you had to be admitted,
if you don’t have insurance.
But, you can’t get blood from a stone. The hospitals have wised up. When
I was admitted to the hospital for the above reasons I had no Medical Insurance.
The next day a hospital employee (this was her sole job) came to room and bedside
to pleasantly solve my no insurance problem. This is when I learned about
Emergency Medicaid. Basically short term Medicaid, fixed number of months on it.
Hospital has to take what they pay, small amount of what they are asking for.
But you don’t owe anything. The hospital helps you with this because then
at least they get something instead of eating the whole bill and your credit is saved!
I did not work at the hospital when all this happened, that’s why I had no insurance.
But truly, everyone was so nice, caring, friendly and helpful with both my medical and
financial needs … a great team. Kindest people in the world … is why I now work
there. And it is the best job I’ve ever had!