Originally Posted by VELOv
Dude, a lot of hospitals won't let you see any doctor, even with another doctor referring you, if you don't have insurance--the only option is to go to the ED where they aren't allowed to turn you away, which is what I had to do when I started having simple partial seizures as an adult. It wasn't emergent in that I hadn't lost consciousness, but by rights, I should have been able to see a doctor within a month of presentation, just because of the horrible things that could have been causing the seizures. . . ED was my only option.
But anyway, pregnancy test wands cost like $15 for a three-pack at the drugstore, whereas the ER has much lower expectations with billing. My downstairs neighbor owes something like $40,000 between his recurrent "kidney stones," some busted teeth and the time he punched his wall.
In any case, "possibly pregnant" is not an emergency. If she's really so poor she can't pay, there's probably a charity clinic she could go to, instead of wasting the ER's time.