If you feel weak and not feeling well, your health care team could be dealing with a problem that has nothing to do with you.
The answer, of course, is to go home.
This article was written by Bethany Brown, senior editor at the American Association of Health Plans, a nonprofit that advocates for the interests of the health care system and the individuals who pay it.
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Find the American Academy of Pediatrics at http://www.aap.org and the American College of Emergency Physicians at http/www.acpp.org.
Learn more at www.cdc.gov/nchs/news/factsheets/nhhs/healthcare/factsheet.html.
This story has been corrected to include that hospitals receive up to $300 million per year in federal reimbursements for emergency room care, not $300,000 per year.