In mid-may I had an emergency room visit - my insurance
has already reimbursed the hospital for about $3,700 of the resulting bill, and I am being presented with a bill for the remaining amount, a little over $500.
However, the ER personnel did not actually resolve the problem for which I had come (the physician basically said it would be hard to do and sent me on my way), and I had to then seek medical help from a private professional in order to have the issue addressed, resulting in a delay of another 24 hours before the bleeding could be stopped. But equally if not more distressing to me, one of the ER doctors ordered tests on me which common sense suggests were irrelevant to the issue for which I'd sought help, and which are a severe embarrassment to me - especially knowing as I do* that these tests will remain on my medical records for the rest of my life. Oh, and not that it matters particularly to me, but I have still never received any results from these tests.
So my question is: do I have any recourse to fight back about these charges, being as they did NOT provide the service for which I had come to them, and they DID perform probably-unwarranted services (lab tests) which were not relevant to my symptoms and which were an embarrassment to me, and for which I have never even received the results (useless though they would be to me)?
I was frightened and in real need of timely medical assistance, and they were not only useless but also incredibly callous and seemingly lacking in compassion or regard for dignity. So the principle of the fight is as important to me as the expense.
Thank you for any advice or expert opinion you might offer,
* I am a software designer/developer whose expertise is to design and develop very large high security databases, which means I've designed the databases containing the health records for a majority of the patients in the United States. So I'm not just guessing or speculating here - I am speaking with authority when I say that even being subjected to such tests will remain in my medical history and be known by my all of my future medical caregivers.