A week ago I went ot he emergency room at my local hospital. I, eh, had some cotton swab get stuck in my ear (or so I thought). Anyway, after the customary 2 hours wait they take me into the actual emergency room where I wait some more.
while I was waiting the second time around a lady came to me and started asking (non health related) questions. My name of course, my social security, my mother’s maiden name, my religion, my address and she kept on going. I was taken a back. Why does she need to know all of this?
The questions stopped as soon as I produced my insurance card. Was that the reason why there so many questions? So that she had as much info on me in case they had to bill me (or I refused to pay)? Is this standard practice? Could I have said “I don’t want to answer that particular question)” to any of those questions and still have been treated?
BTW, it turns out the cotton swab had fallen out right before we went to the hospital and I just never noticed. I was convinced it was on my ear drum making me deaf.