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View Diary: Over $4400 for Emergency Room visit--why we need Universal Healthcare (176 comments)

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  •  You have the right to refuse treatment (0+ / 0-)

    That may be, but you do have the right to refuse treatment and I refused several times but was literally bullied into complying. I live only 1 mile from my work. My spouse was ready to come pick me up.  I knew that I was fine.  I'd been working with no sleep for over 30 hours, not paying attention to making sure I was eating and drinking fluids (too consumed with the problem so was running on adrenaline).  I fainted when I stood up too fast.  It can happen to anyone in those conditions.  FYI, when I got home from the emergency room I went for a 6 mile run.  The next day I didn't even have a bruise from the slight bump I had.

    The Ambulance Company that was literally forcing me to take an unnecessary ambulance ride has been sued by many states for billing for "medically unnecessary ambulance rides".  From a Massachusetts case the state reviewed 100 cases from this particular ambulance company and found that 58 were "medically unnecessary". Federal requirements state that for an ambulance ride to be considered medically necessary "the patient’s condition at the time of transport is such that the use of any other method of transportation would endanger the patient’s health".  I could have run to the emergency room myself by the time the ambulance got there.


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