Ambulance Bill!

@lelin1123 (15645)
Puerto Rico
February 11, 2013 10:56am CST
A Washington DC man called for an ambulance for his Father at 1:25am, due to him suffering with shortness of breath. The ambulance arrives after the Father dies which was at 1:58am. The son then receives the ambulance bill for 780.85 dollars. The ambulance did not arrive in time to save this man so in my opinion they should not be charging the family this bill. I see it as being very inconsiderate and cold to have sent that bill knowing the man died. What are your thoughts on this and has anything like this happened to you and your family.
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• United States
11 Feb 13
as sad as it may be for the family the man did call for the ambulance. it was not planned for the father to pass. maybe the company could have wrote a nice letter to go with it as well. but,here in ny we are charged for the call of the ambulance and the mileage we use as well. that is why they count the miles each time we get in the ambulance.
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@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
11 Feb 13
Its a shame that they would still bill them. Something is wrong with the United States when other countries don't charge for such things. What are we doing wrong and how do other countries not charge for an ambulance??
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• United States
11 Feb 13
I was thinking the same thing when I read they are not being charged. here in the states they want every pennie they can get. I am glad I have coverage and that is just another reason that scares me thinking about getting a job and being laid off or fired. losing my health care.
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@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
12 Feb 13
Yes every penny they can get plus how many times have you heard how doctors doubledip with trying to charge twice for the same precedure? You get a bill that you know was paid but they say it wasn't paid.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
11 Feb 13
Oh my, that's awful, it really is and I agree that it was inconsiderate the son got charged for an ambulance that came too late to save his Dad. In this country we take it for granted that we don't ever get charged to be carried in an ambulance but the timewasters (i.e. over-exuberant, drunk youngsters at the weekend) should. Perhaps they wouldn't get so drunk if they (or their parents) got charged for a free ride in an ambulance every other week.
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@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
11 Feb 13
Are you telling me its free to call an ambulance to take you to the hospital in the United Kingdom??
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@MoonGypsy (4613)
• United States
11 Feb 13
i think the united states is one of the few countries who charge for health care, if i am not mistaken.
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@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
11 Feb 13
Amazing and we are suppose to be the place everyone wants to live! Why? When you can get healthcare free in other countries like the UK.
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
12 Feb 13
Under the tragic circumstance you'd think they'd waive the bill, that is so callous, and unfeeling, can the son appeal against it and dispute because of the fact the ambulance didn't arrive in time, and it could be down to this that they were charged with negligence?
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@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
12 Feb 13
I believe someone is helping him to get this charge dismissed. If I hear anything more about it I will definitely post it.
@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
11 Feb 13
That's a real shame. As well as losing his dad, the guy has a big bill to pay. Some things are so unfair. This did not happen to my family but recently my ex husband awoke feeling just awful--dizzy, his blood pressure was really low and his blood sugar was all messed up (he's diabetic), his heart was racing. His wife, a nurse, decided the ER was the best place for him and they admitted him overnight for observation. One night in the hospital came to $44,000!!!! And now their insurance says they won't pay it because the docs found nothing wrong and the stay was not what they deemed "necessary". I'm so fed up with our medical system. There's no reason it should cost that much for one night in the hospital and no reason the insurance should not pay if the doctors thought it necessary for him to stay.
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@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
12 Feb 13
Unbelievable, 44,000 thousand for one night! That is outrageous I would be fighting that all the way to the courts. It does not make sense as to how one night could result to such a horrendus amount of money. I know if that was me they would be waiting along forever to get paid. As for the insurance company not to pay makes not a bit of sense since the doctors deemed it necessary. I hope they are going to fight this.
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@Mavic123456 (9702)
• Thailand
12 Feb 13
sometimes people are really inconsiderate.. argh!!! anyway... there is always Karma. this is really a bad news.
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@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
12 Feb 13