Fox 31 Denver

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A Centennial man went to get a sinus infection checked out and ended up with a medical bill of $11,251.

It sounds like the cost of major surgery.

“This has got to be wrong, you know, is it a misprint?” Susie Martell said.

Martell said her son thought he was walking into an urgent care clinic in August to get a diagnosis and some medicine for a sinus infection.

“The doctor’s office was closed,” she said.

It turns out her son walked into a standalone emergency room. Many have been popping up across the Denver metro area, and it’s a very costly mix-up.

Among the charges listed were a $3,222 for a CT scan and a $6,237 facility usage fee. Martell was upset when the family later received the bill, but she soon realized she wasn’t alone.

Lawmakers are considering a proposal designed to try to prevent this from happening to anyone else.

The nonprofit Colorado Consumer Health Initiative is backing the bill that would notify patients about the freestanding emergency rooms, and their costs are much different than urgent care.

“Consumers should have the right to the information before they make decisions about their health care, whether that’s information about care or about costs,” said Caitlin Westerson with the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative.

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