Taking my mother-in-law here was a financial disaster for her.
I urged my mother-in-law to go here one evening when she had some health issues. We went to the emergency room. On intake, we noted that she didn't have insurance, and asked about the cost. The lady who took our information said that it would be around $300-$400. The doctor saw my mother-in-law for about 5 minutes and verified that she wasn't having a stroke. She received no medication. We wanted to pay immediately, but the first lady was unable to find the pricing book. She said, "no problem. We'll bill you."
When we received the bills (two of them), they totaled $3000. The hospital even claimed that this included a discount for not having insurance! My mother-in-law is elderly and has no income. Even so, she has been paying what she can afford each month for months.
$3000 for 5 minutes of time and no medication is beyond absurd. The hospital's "help" for her is to allow her to pay this bill over years of time - not to look at what was actually done and to set a realistic price. We've tried calling and also talking to people when they call us, but no one wants to actually look at the price vs. the services rendered. The only answer is, "keep making payments." Thanks for that, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Very helpful.
I've had health issues which kept me in a hospital bed for a full day, receiving IV fluids, and having several blood tests, and the bill was 1/3 of this. There is no valid excuse for the financial damage caused by going here.
Edited to add: I've reached out to them again based on their response to my review. I'll update the review if anything changes (or if nothing changes).