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The ER is not a place anyone wishes to be. Learn how the ER works, common reasons people end up there and some of the bizarre procedures that have taken place.


Are those 'ER Wait Time' billboards accurate?

 Are those 'ER Wait Time' billboards accurate?

You might have seen ER wait times on a billboard when waiting to be seen. But are those ER wait times accurate? Find out. See more »

Do ER doctors work for the hospital or for themselves?

 Do ER doctors work for the hospital or for themselves?

An ER doctor can be out of your insurance network even though the hospital ER is in it. Find out why that is and if doctors work for hospitals or themselves. See more »

What's the busiest ER in the United States?

 What's the busiest ER in the United States?

Some emergency rooms are busier than others. Find out where the busiest ER in the United States is to learn more. See more »

Can an emergency room refuse to treat you?

 Can an emergency room refuse to treat you?

Can the ER refuse to treat you if don't have any money? Find out if the emergency room can refuse to treat you at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Why are visits to the emergency room so expensive?

 Why are visits to the emergency room so expensive?

Most ER bills are unbelievably expensive. Why is that? Find out why emergency room visits are so expensive at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Do ER doctors have different insurance rules?

 Do ER doctors have different insurance rules?

Figuring out your health insurance when going to the ER isn't fun. Find out if ER doctors have different insurance rules to be prepared. See more »

Do people without primary care doctors go to the ER more?

 Do people without primary care doctors go to the ER more?

There aren't as many primary care doctors these days. So do people without a primary care doctor go to the ER more? Find out. See more »

What constitutes a medical emergency?

 What constitutes a medical emergency?

We all know what to do in case of a medical emergency (get to the ER), but are you able to recognize a medical emergency when it happens? See more »

What happens if you go to the ER and don't have insurance?

 What happens if you go to the ER and don't have insurance?

You have to go to the ER, but you don't have health insurance. Does that matter? Find out what happens if you go to the ER without insurance. See more »

What's the difference between an ER and a trauma center?

 What's the difference between an ER and a trauma center?

When you're headed to the ER, you're probably too busy to ponder the difference between the ER and a trauma center. But it is good to know how they differ. See more »