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What if you have a medical emergency?

If you have a medical emergency, don’t wait. Go right to the emergency room at the nearest hospital.


 

A medical emergency is when someone is seriously ill or suffers an accident or heart attack. Some examples of medical emergencies are listed below. 

graphic of emergency medical situations, including some examples of medical emergencies: Bleeding that won't stop; Chest pain; A car accident or other accident; Vomiting that won't stop; Seriously thinking about taking your own life or someone else's; Not being able to breathe.
 
 

But for less serious problems, please read What to do if you are sick. You may wind up paying a lot of money if you use the emergency room incorrectly.