In my entire life I have never been ripped off by a business as bad as what Sharp Memorial did to me. I went to the emergency room to have a bicycle injury looked at, which had occurred about 7 days prior. I talked to a doctor for no more than 10 minutes, who said I had a hematoma, and he ordered an x-ray, which I protested at first but since he's the doctor I agreed. After the x-ray and 2 more hours of waiting, a Sharp Payment Person came to my bedside and told me I had to pay a "deposit" of $1500 of which I might get some of it refunded. As soon as I paid, the doctor came and told me my x-ray showed no broken bones which I already predicted, and he told me to ice the bruise and sent me on my way. Big Surprise, there was no refund and the "deposit" turned into exactly what I owed them! It was a trick, they lied to me. THEN a week later I got another bill in the mail for the x-ray, THEN another week later I got a bill for "Emergency Services". Total cost for 10 minutes of talking to a doctor and x-ray: $1900. I don't have insurance because I can't afford it, and I guess the way the system works is people who don't have insurance get overcharged to the maximum. I later learned that if I had gone to one of those Urgent Care Clinics, the exact same service would have cost $170. I won't be going to Sharp Memorial again.
Edit: after receiving the response below from the Sharp "Patient Relations Team", I called the number and spoke to someone who told me that the bill I got is what I owe. I don't know what was the point of me calling except for wasting my time. But to summarize, if you don't have insurance then you are fair game to be ripped off with an absurd bill. $1900 for 10 minutes with a doctor and a few x-rays!!!! Unbelievable.